Senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said the president stood by attacking Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan orders 'all-hands-on-deck' response to water crisis Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Michigan leaves majority-Black city with lead-contaminated taps for three years Whitmer vetoes bill on bird feeding over deer fears MORE (D) in the wake of an alleged plot by a militia group to kidnap her.
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if the president regretted either his own attacks or a chant of “Lock her up” that broke out at a Saturday rally, Miller responded, “No, not at all.”
“I think the fact of the matter is many residents of Michigan are pretty frustrated with the governor [and] they want to see the state open back up,” Miller said.
“I’m glad that President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE’s DOJ was able to get these psychopaths and put them away,” Miller said of the alleged plotters, “but the fact of the matter is, people in Michigan want to get their state opened back up.”
Most of Michigan is currently in the fifth phase of its reopening, under which salons, movie theaters and gyms can reopen with safety protocols in place. Early this month Whitmer signed an executive order moving the state’s Upper Peninsula back to the fourth stage as cases surged in the region.
Fox News’ Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power The Memo: Anti-democratic fears rise as GOP stokes election doubts MORE pressed Miller on the frequent lack of masks at the president’s rallies as well as Trump’s own comments questioning their effectiveness.
“We do pass out masks at the rallies and I encourage everyone who is attending a Trump rally to put the mask on,” Miller said, adding “as we get close to the election people don’t want to be living in fear.”
Wallace also questioned Miller about the Trump campaign’s attacks on Democratic nominee Joe Biden in connection with his son Hunter’s work at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, noting that two GOP-led Senate committees had cleared both men of any wrongdoing.
“The fact is Vice President BidenJoe BidenMcAuliffe holds slim lead over Youngkin in Fox News poll Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE has actually released his tax returns, unlike President Trump and there’s no indication he’s gotten any money from anyone in these business deals,” Wallace noted.
In response, Miller cited a disputed New York Post story published last week about Hunter Biden and then invoked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Bill Clinton hospitalized with sepsis We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE, saying “Voters hate it when people make a lot of money trading off of their family name.”