The FBI announced Thursday, Oct. 8, that a militia group planned to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).
“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”
At least six men have been charged with federal felonies following search warrants executed Wednesday. They are identified as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, reported The Hill.
Adam Fox, the leader of the group, asserted, “She[Whitmer] [expletive] goddamn loves the power she has right now … she has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power.” The men are said to have called Whitmer a “tyrant.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Whitmer immediately seized on the news to lay some blame for the plot to kidnap her on President Donald Trump. Both pointed to the president’s remarks on white supremacy during the first presidential debate and claimed that he was inciting violence.
“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacist and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” Whitmer said. “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.”
“When our leaders speak, their words matter,” she added. “They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit.”
Biden, who has called antifa that has engulfed the nation with violent riots, “an idea,” echoed Whitmer’s comments.
“There is a throughline from President Trump’s dog whistles and tolerance of hate, vengeance, and lawlessness to plots such as this one. He is giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country,” Biden said in a statement.
NEW from @JoeBiden on Whitmer kidnapping plot: “There is a throughline from President Trump’s dog whistles and tolerance of hate, vengeance, and lawlessness to plots such as this one. He is giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country.” pic.twitter.com/fZrBryVptR
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) October 9, 2020
However, a video of Caserta, a member of the group, shows that the group is anti-Trump and it targets all government.
“Trump is not your friend, dude,” he said with an anarchist flag hanging behind.
“And it amazes me that people actually, like, believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant,” he said. “Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.”
Man behind alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer called Trump a tyrant and enemy too. Of course the media is reporting he’s a Trump supporter. More lies. pic.twitter.com/tgIeXYhgkN
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 8, 2020