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Biden blames Trump's 'liberate Michigan' tweet for plot to kidnap Michigan governor

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Joe Biden said President Donald Trump bears blame for the alleged domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, pointing in a speech Friday to Trump's calls on Twitter to "liberate Michigan" in the wake of the Democratic governor's coronavirus-related restrictions.

(CNN)Joe Biden said President Donald Trump bears blame for the alleged domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, pointing in a speech Friday to Trump's calls on Twitter to "liberate Michigan" in the wake of the Democratic governor's coronavirus-related restrictions.

Biden on Friday accused Trump and Senate Republicans of "court-packing," saying their push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the election is an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.

Biden's comments showed how he is trying to flip a question he has ducked in recent days -- whether he would seek to add seats to the Supreme Court to diminish the 6-3 conservative majority that will exist if Barrett is confirmed -- on Republicans by focusing on health policies that a right-leaning court could undo.

His comments came the day after Biden was pressed in an ABC town hall over whether he supports adding seats to the Supreme Court -- as some progressives have said Democrats should -- in the wake of the GOP's push to confirm Barrett to fill the seat of the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, four years after Senate Republicans held a Supreme Court seat open for the final 11 months of former President Barack Obama's tenure.

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