Trump posted a tweet on Saturday hitting back at Nessel after her announcement earlier last week. Trump has pushed dozens of unsuccessful legal challenges to the election results across a handful of battleground states, and he has not yet conceded the election to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“These lawyers are true patriots who are fighting for the truth and, obviously, getting very close. AG should be sanctioned. Fight on!” Trump tweeted.
The president’s post prompted responses from Nessel.
“A patriot is a person who vigorously defends their country against its enemies and detractors. History will reveal which you were. I wish you loved your country half as much as you love yourself. Also, time to stop obsessing about those women from Michigan. You’re not our type,” Nessel tweeted on Sunday morning.
“Can’t a random state AG from the Midwest sleep in on a Sunday morning without waking up to find that the President of the United States has mean-tweeted about you overnight (again)? The answer is ‘yes’ come January 20th,” she added later.
Nessel announced on Tuesday that she, along with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, would be pushing for sanctions against lawyers who made “intentional misrepresentations” of alleged instances of voter fraud in lawsuits over the election. One of the lawyers in Nessel’s crosshairs is Trump ally Sidney Powell.