Biden hits Trump's response to attempted kidnapping of Michigan governor: 'What the hell is wrong with this guy?'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Friday over his response to a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerPope Francis swipes at groups protesting COVID-19 restrictions in NYT op-ed Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Oregon governor urges hosts to 'uninvite' guests MORE (D), accusing him of stoking tensions across the country.

Biden said the plot by a militia group to kidnap Whitmer, which the FBI foiled earlier this month, is “the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS [that] should shock the conscience of every American.”

“But all President Trump does is fan the flames of hatred and division of this country,” he said at a rally in Southfield, Mich.


Biden, at another campaign event later that day in Detroit, also noted that Trump continued attacking Whitmer on the day the plot was revealed, with the president taking shots at the governor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she did a “terrible job” and “locked down her state for everyone.”

"What the hell is wrong with this guy?" Biden asked.

The FBI says Whitmer was targeted by a militia group that planned to kidnap her and hold her hostage before the November election, with reports saying the plotters had ties to the anti-government "boogaloo" movement.

Eight people have been charged in connection with plot thus far.

Whitmer first responded to the news of the kidnapping attempt by noting instances when Trump's declined to disavow white supremacy, saying, “Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action,” and suggesting the president was “complicit,” sparking a harsh rebuke.


“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan,” Trump tweeted. “Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities.

“I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President!” he added. 

Biden has made Trump’s character a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he decided to jump into the White House race after the president said there were “fine people” on “both sides” of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 during which one counterprotester was killed.