In August, a federal jury convicted two men of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in 2020.
On Friday, Dixon first told a crowd Whitmer “sure is good at taking business hostage and holding it for ransom.”
During a super PAC event in Troy, Michigan, Dixon said: “For someone so worried about being kidnapped, Gretchen Whitmer sure is good at taking business hostage and holding it for ransom.”
After her comment drew backlash, Dixon joked again about the kidnapping plot at a second event, telling the crowd that Whitmer at a recent stop with President Joe Biden at the Detroit Auto Show looked like she’d “rather be kidnapped by the FBI.”
Whitmer’s campaign and Democratic groups condemned Dixon’s remarks.