Does anyone want to guess which candidate these guys support for president?
Courtesy of NYT:
Storming the State Capitol. Instigating a civil war. Abducting a sitting governor ahead of the presidential election.
Those were among the plots described by federal and state officials in Michigan on Thursday as they announced terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges against 13 men. At least six of them, officials said, had hatched a detailed plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has become a focal point of anti-government views and anger over coronavirus control measures.
The group that planned the kidnapping met repeatedly over the summer for firearms training and combat drills and practiced building explosives, the F.B.I. said; members also gathered several times to discuss the mission, including in the basement of a shop that was accessible only through a “trap door” under a rug.
The men spied on Ms. Whitmer’s vacation home in August and September, even looking under a highway bridge for places they could place and detonate a bomb to distract the authorities, the F.B.I. said. They indicated that they wanted to take Ms. Whitmer hostage before the election in November, and one man said they should take her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin for a “trial,” Richard J. Trask II, an F.B.I. special agent, said in the criminal complaint.
Mr. Trask said that one of those arrested had bought a Taser for the mission last week and that the men had been planning to buy explosives on Wednesday. Court records indicated that at least five of the men had been arrested on Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Mich.; it was not immediately clear if the sixth man had been taken into custody.
“I knew this job would be hard,” Ms. Whitmer said on Thursday, in reaction to news of the arrests. “But I’ll be honest, I never could have imagined anything like this.”
As terrifying as all of that was, the group also had plans to target police officers and foment a civil war.
They were affiliated with a group called the Wolverine Watchmen, which sounds like a football fantasy team to me.
Whitmer did not mince words when she targeted the individual who she believes is at least partially responsible for these actions:
“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” Ms. Whitmer said. There is no indication in the court documents that any of the men were inspired by the president, but Ms. Whitmer said extremists had “heard the president’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry — as a call to action.”
That really pissed Trump off and he went after the Governor hard on Twitter.
However, that attack on her character does not erase his complicity.
These were Trump’s thugs trying to illegally LIBERATE MICHIGAN! pic.twitter.com/Q33oTOLDE5
— 🇺🇸🇵🇷 Name is Bishop🌊 (@BishesBrew) October 8, 2020
Yeah asshole, words matter.