Whitmer continued, "When our leader speaks, their words matter".
"Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry, as a call to action", Whitmer said. "Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist".
In response to Whitmer's remarks, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, "President Trump has continually condemned white supremacists and all forms of hate".
"All of us can disagree about politics, but those disagreements should never, ever result in violence", said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of MI.
This is in reference to comments made by Trump in the presidential debate last week.
In a report released this week, the Department of Homeland Security said domestic violent extremists present "the most persistent and lethal threat" to the homeland.
According to a sworn Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit released on Thursday, an undercover source attended a June meeting in OH, where a group of Michigan-based militia members discussed overthrowing state governments "that they believed were violating the US Constitution".
The FBI identified the six men as Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta - all of MI - and Barry Croft of Delaware.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, pictured in March 2019, told NPR the threat posed by individuals subscribing to extremist ideology is a nationwide problem.
An FBI affidavit and statements by law enforcement this week painted a chilling portrait of 13 men who were behind the alleged kidnapping scheme, some of whom were members of a right-wing militia group known as the Wolverine Watchmen.
According to the FBI's criminal complaint, Fox indicated that he wanted to kidnap Whitmer before the national election on November 3 and he would put her on trial for "treason".
The governor noted he's protected by the State Police, and he's "supremely confident in their professionalism and their ability to do that successfully". Trump encouraged the demonstrators, tweeting, "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!"
Whitmer, a co-chair of Biden's presidential campaign, was at the time under consideration as his potential running mate. "Hatred bigotry and violence have no place in the great state of MI".
Investigators said Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta have been named in the federal complaint that stated their militia group reportedly held several meetings over the summer, where they participated in firearms training and combat drills.
"I don't know, boys, we gotta do something".
Facebook said it first alerted law enforcement about content related to the Wolverine Watchmen more than six months ago and removed the group from its platform in June, after identifying some of the people running it as members of a boogaloo network.
Trump's election has shifted the landscape for groups of the "patriot militia movement", said Sam Jackson, an assistant professor at the University at Albany with expertise in anti-government extremism.