Donald Trump has been accused of “inciting domestic terrorism” over his response to an alleged plot by right-wing militia to kidnap the governor of Michigan.
At a rally in the state on Saturday, Mr Trump targeted Gretchen Whitmer several times, criticising Michigan’s rules to stop the spread of coronavirus, calling her “dishonest” and making light of a plan uncovered by the FBI to kidnap her.
He also used back-to-back rallies on Saturday to ponder how he might handle a loss on 3 November before accusing the left of trying to “destroy the American way of life”.
In a late pitch to voters in Michigan and Wisconsin – coming a little more than two weeks to go until election day – the president asked the crowd: “Can you imagine if I lose? What do I do?”
Mr Trump accused the Democrats of wanting to “erase American history” and “purge American values” and claimed, with no basis, that Democratic rival Joe Biden would put communities at risk.
His dark message comes as the president faces a seemingly uphill battle to win re-election, with national polling and surveys in crucial battleground states showing Mr Biden leading.
Meanwhile, thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied in the American capital and other US cities, urging voters to oppose Mr Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the upcoming elections.