Donald Trump gives credibility to some of the worst elements in our society. Hillary Clinton was right. Many of his followers are indeed “deplorable.” In fact, “deplorable” is not a strong enough word here.
Remember this tweet:
If you don’t remember, read this for some context.
Well it appears that some people took Trump’s tweet seriously. As you may have heard, the FBI stopped a plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. On June 6, 2020, fifteen people from several states gathered in Dublin, Ohio. They were present to discuss how state governors and governments were taking away their liberties by temporarily closing down their respective economies. Those in the group discussed murdering a sitting governor and decided to reach out to a Michigan based militia group for help.
The leader of the Dublin, Ohio group met with the leader of the Michigan militia group several times during June 2020. They met at the militia leader’s Grand Rapids business. At one of these meetings, they set-up a plan to recruit 200 men to storm the Capitol in Lansing and “take hostages,” including Whitmer. They planned to do this some time before the November elections.
On June 20, the group met in the basement of this Grand Rapids business, “which was accessed through a trap door hidden under a rug on the main floor.” All cell phones were kept in a box on the main floor. They planned to use “Molotov cocktails” to destroy police vehicles who might try to stop their plans. They planned to meet again for “firearms and tactical training.”
On June 25, those involved in the plot live-streamed a video on Facebook complaining about the closing of gyms in Michigan due to COVID-19. They called Whitmer a “tyrant bitch” and stated, “I don’t know boys, we gotta do something. You guys link with me in our other location system, give me some ideas of what we can do.”
At a meeting on June 28, the leaders of the group told people to leave the meeting if they were “not willing to participate in attacks against the government and in kidnapping politicians.”
On the weekend of July 10-12, the group participated in firearms training and combat drills in Cambria, Wisconsin. During this weekend they built an “improvised explosive device” using black power, balloon, a fuse, and BBs “for shrapnel.”
On July 18, 2020, at a meeting in Ohio, the group discussed attacking Michigan State Police facilities and shooting-up Whitmer’s vacation home in northwestern Michigan.
On July 24, 2020, the group discussed making a “cake” and sending it to Whitmer at her Lansing office. One of the members wrote, “In all honest right now…I just wanna make the world glow, dude…That’s what it’s gonna take for us to take it back, we’re just gonna have to everything’s gonna have to be annihilated man. We’re gonna topple it all dude.”
On July 27, 2020, back at the Grand Rapids business, they concluded that the “best opportunity to abduct Governor Whitmer would be when she was arriving at, or leaving, either her personal vacation home or the Governor’s official summer residence.” One of the leaders of the group described this as “Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f—n ‘ Governor. Just grad the bitch. Because at that point, we do that, dude–it’s over.” After abducting the governor they planned to move her to a secure location in Wisconsin for “trial.”
On July 28, 2020, the leader of the group wrote the following on a private Facebook page; “We about to be busy ladies and gentleman…This is where the Patriot shows up. Sacrifices his time, money, blood sweat and tears…it starts now so get f—ing prepared!!”
On August 9, 2020, the group was in Munith, Michigan for more tactical training. They talked about gathering more information about Whitmer’s home in Lansing and destroying her boat. In an encrypted group chat, one of the leaders said, “Have one person go to her house. Knock on the door and when she answers it just cap her…at this point. F–k it.” He added, “I mean…f–k, catch her walking into the building and act like a passer-by and fixing dome her then yourself whoever does it.” In a follow-up chat, another member of the group wrote, “OK sounds good I’m in for anything as long as its well planned.”
On August 23, the group discussed surveilling Whitmer’s vacation home. One of the members spent $4000 on a “helmet and night-vision goggles.”
On August 29, the group conducted surveillance on Whitmer’s home. They used a cell phone to find the house, took photographs and video, and planned to watch the house from the water the following day. One of the leaders said, “We ain’t gonna let ’em burn our f—n’ state down. I don’t give a f–k if there’s only 20 or 30 of us, dude, we’ll go out there and use deadly force.”
On August 30, the group discussed destroying a bridge leading to Whitmer’s vacation house to make it more difficult for the police to respond. The group also had a homemade map identifying the nearest police departments.
On September 12-13, the group met in Luther, Michigan to build bombs using black powder, pennies, and electrical tape. On the night of September 12 they drove from Luther to Whitmer’s northern Michigan vacation home. On the way they inspected the highway bridge they hoped to detonate.
Upon their return to Luther, one of the leaders asked the group, “Everybody down with what’s going on?.” Another member replied, “Oh no, we’re not kidnapping, that’s not what we’re doing.” Another voice added “No children!…We’re adult napping.” Another member added, “Kidnapping, arson, death, I don’t care.”
Again, read the entire report here.
Last night Whitmer appeared on Chris Cuomo’s CNN programs:
Yesterday Trump responded to the foiled plot shortly after Whitmer appeared on Chris Cuomo’s show on CNN.
Almost immediately following the interview Trump tweeted:
The president claims that he does not tolerate violence, but everything about these tweets encourage violent behavior.
I do not know how anyone can deny that Trump encourages domestic terrorism and is partially responsible for this threat to Whitmer’s life.