There are unprecedentedly turbulent political times in the United States, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been right smack dab in the thick of the trouble.
Earlier in the year, Whitmer was an early adopter of stern and strict coronavirus lockdown protocols that effectively crippled much of the state economy. The move triggered large and boisterous protests at the state capitol, and even prompted one domestic terror organization to hatch plans to kidnap and assassinate the governor.
Now Whitmer is feuding with President Donald Trump, on account of the would-be kidnappers’ support of the Commander in Chief.
But Governor Whitmer’s latest video address appears to contain the most disturbing tidbit from the tiff yet.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been accused of encouraging assassination attempts on President Trump after displaying “8645” in the background of a national television interview Sunday.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Democratic governor spoke from Lansing, Mich., about her state’s coronavirus restrictions and slammed Trump’s response to the pandemic, all while the digits “8645” in bubble letters were perched by a house plant on a coffee table behind her. The numbers prompted a reaction from one of the Trump campaign’s verified Twitter accounts.
“Governor Gretchen Whitmer displayed an ’86 45′ sign during her TV appearance,” Trump War Room tweeted, adding: “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,” the account wrote.
“86” is a phrase most often found in bar and restaurant industry, in which items which need to be removed from the menu or from a particular dish are “86’d”.