GRETCHEN Whitmer once again blamed Donald Trump after rightwing domestic terrorists planned to kidnap the Michigan governor.
Whitmer, who was targeted by at least six men with ties to the boogaloo boys movement, said she has “always felt safe” in a Sunday interview with Face The Nation.
Gretchen Whitmer blamed Donald Trump for an alleged kidnapping plot planned by a domestic terrorist group[/caption]
Eric Molitor, Shawn Fix, Michael Null and William Null were arrested and charged with terrorist act charges in connection with a plot to kidnap Whitmer[/caption]
Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico were charged with threat of terrorism, gang membership, and providing material support for terrorist act [/caption]
Kaleb James Franks,Daniel Joseph Harris, Brandon Caserta, Adam Dean Fox,and Ty Gerard Garbin were arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer[/caption]
“But, I do believe that there are still serious threats that groups like this group, these domestic terrorists, are finding comfort and support in the rhetoric coming out of Republican leadership from the White House to the State House,” Whitmer said.
She added: “So I remain concerned about safety and integrity going into this election.”
On Saturday, Whitmer had warned that there may still be “dangerous” people targeting her the kidnapping plot was foiled.
“There is ongoing rhetoric,” Whitmer told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Members of the group who plotted to kidnap Whitmer were pictured at an armed protest in April at the Michigan State Capitol[/caption]
Members of a militia group, including Michael John Null and Willam Grant Null, pictured on the right, protested at the state capital in April[/caption]
She added: “Even the president last night in his tweet storm won’t stop attacking me, and I think that it’s creating a very dangerous situation – not just for me but for people in leadership roles who are trying to save lives all across this country.”
Trump has often attacked Whitmer over their differences in handling of the coronavirus, which sparked protests as residents thought the governor was too heavy-handed in restrictions to battle the pandemic.
“The Governor of Michigan should give a little and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal,” Trump tweeted in May.
But chilling pictures from a protest inside the Michigan State Capitol building on April 30 show two of the suspects heavily armed while standing in the gallery above the senate.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has reportedly confirmed that suspects William and Michael Null, identical twin brothers, appear in the photos with two other men.
A local armed group called the Wolverine Watchmen, affiliated with the loosely organized far-right boogaloo movement, had started formulating the plan to kidnap Whitmer and start a civil war in June, the FBI said.
Thirteen men were arrested on Wednesday in connection to the sinister plot, seven of whom were part of Watchmen.
Two of those charged in the plot to kidnap Whitmer, Joseph Morrison and Daniel Harris, are former Marines, the Corps said.
The Marines said that Morrison, 26, continued to serve in the Marine reserves until last week, CNN reported. Harris, 23, served from June 2015 to June 2019 and achieved the rank of corporal.
The terrorist group allegedly formulated their plan in the basement of a vacuum repair shop called the Vac Shack after one of the suspects, Adam Fox, had been thrown out of his apartment by his girlfriend, CNN reported.
Fox, and a Delaware man named Barry Croft, had scheduled the clandestine basement meeting with 13 other men who felt that Michigan and other states were violating the U.S. Constitution with closures of gyms and bars and other businesses, the outlet reported.
The group allegedly reached out to the Wolverine Watchmen for additional manpower to carry out their plans to kill “tyrants.”
With the help of an informant member of the Watchmen and undercover operatives, the FBI monitored the group as it trained and planned in a rural village called Munith, about 100 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, CNN reported.
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After the plot was foiled, a Michigan sheriff claimed that people involved in the plot to kidnap Whitmer may have been acting legally by planning to make a citizen’s arrest.
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf, who appeared on stage at an anti-lockdown rally in May with William Null, said “a lot of people are angry with the governor.”
Under state law private citizens are allowed to make an arrest if they witness a felony, or if a felony has been committed.
“They want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt? Because you can still in Michigan if it’s a felony, make a felony arrest.”