The Trump campaign claimed on Monday that Trump has been targeted by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who allegedly platformed a message tacitly encouraging an assassination attempt on the President.
Whitmer appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Monday to attack Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and the Trump campaign claimed that she was subtly signaling to extremists to “86” Trump, who is the 45th president of the United States.
“Governor Gretchen Whitmer displayed an “86 45″ sign during her TV appearance,” The Trump War Room tweeted on Monday, accompanied by a screengrab of Whitmer speaking into a camera. The numbers 86 and 45 are visible in the bottom left corner.
“86 can be shorthand for killing someone,” the Trump campaign continued. “Whitmer is encouraging assassination attempts against President Trump just weeks after someone sent a ricin-laced package to the White House.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer displayed an “86 45” sign during her TV appearance.
86 can be shorthand for killing someone.
Whitmer is encouraging assassination attempts against President Trump just weeks after someone sent a ricin-laced package to the White House. pic.twitter.com/GzvtrjH40A
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 18, 2020
Fox News pointed out:
Tori Saylor, deputy digital and creative director for Whitmer, retweeted an account praising the governor for placing the digits “8645” in the background of the interview. The tweet included a screenshot of Whitmer during the NBC TV spot, and read: “Bright and beautiful. Nothing but respect. RBG. 8645. Nice plant, too. 10/10,” before tagging the governor.
Whitmer has not responded to the accusation, but the Trump War Room is taking major heat for the shocking claim, with many on both the right and the left criticizing the interpretation of the mysterious numbers. Some pointed out that to “86” something means to cancel, not kill.
Meanwhile, Whitmer herself has accused President Trump of similar conduct, claiming during the interview that Trump has incited acts of “domestic terrorism” by encouraging Michigan voters to remove her from office due to her poor handling of her state’s COVID-19 prevention measures.
“It’s incredibly disturbing that the President of the United States — 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me — 10 days after that was uncovered, the president is at it again and inspiring, incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said in response to a clip of Trump calling on voters to oust her
Whitmer was allegedly the subject of a kidnapping plot exposed at the beginning of October. The FBI announced on October 8 the arrests of 13 suspects that allegedly conspired to attempt the abduction of Whitmer in a plot to overthrow the state’s government.