Lansing — President Donald Trump returned Tuesday to battleground Michigan a week before Election Day, and so did his supporters’ chants of “lock her up” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
In a wide-ranging, hour-long speech at the Capital Region International Airport, the Republican incumbent connected surges in COVID-19 cases to increased testing for the virus and highlighted trade policy. He won the state four years ago by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a percentage point.
At one point, the president described the election as a choice between a “Trump boom” and a “Biden lockdown,” referring to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You’re already locked down,” Trump said as the crowd of thousands of people began chanting “Lock her up.”
The president then said, “I don’t comment on that,” adding that if he did, the media would criticize him and claim he led the chant.
The president last visited Michigan on Oct. 17 for a rally that drew thousands in Muskegon. At one point, the crowd at that event chanted “lock her up,” referring to Whitmer, as Trump criticized her restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19.