Hot Take: MSNBC Analyst Wants to Charge Trump in Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

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Yesterday, it was announced by the FBI that a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was stopped in Michigan. This apparently involved surveillance of her home and reaching out to a “militia” for help. The affidavit lists six men with probable cause to be charged in the matter.

Here’s some of what was reported in the original article by RedState.

The FBI says it thwarted what it described as a plot to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The alleged plot involved reaching out to members of a Michigan militia, according to a federal affidavit filed Thursday.

The court filing alleges the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer’s personal vacation home in northern Michigan and discussed kidnapping her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin to stand “trial” for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election.

Of course, the media went nuts with this, suggesting these were Trump supporters who are just “white supremacists” following the President’s lead. In reality, these were anarchists whose motives are not at all clear aside from the fact that they are anarchists who want to overthrow the government. In fact, one of the “tyrants” mentioned as being an enemy of these people is Donald Trump himself.

But narratives die hard and MSNBC was right back on the air last night with only the hottest of hot takes. Frank Figliuzzi, who is no stranger to wild conspiracy theories (see MSNBC’s ‘Expert’ Deep Stater Makes Insanely Authoritarian Suggestion About Picking Presidential Candidates), was brought on Joy Reid’s show as an analyst to comment on the case. What followed is one of the most ridiculous suggestions dealing with a criminal matter you’ll probably ever hear, but let’s be real, they’ll only keep raising the bar.

How exactly is Donald Trump a co-conspirator in this plot against Whitmer? The simple answer is that he’s not. All Trump has done is go after Whitmer for her ineffective, draconian COVID policies. By Figliuzzi’s logic, anyone who criticized JFK should have been charged as a co-conspirator in his murder. The media’s obsession with attempting to connect typical political disagreements and rhetoric with the criminal activity of completely unrelated groups is deeply authoritarian and dangerous. Yet, it’s become mainstream on channels like MSNBC and CNN where this kind of lunacy is shared on a daily basis.

Further, as I shared above, it’s clear these were not Trump supporters. I’d posit that these anarchists have more in common with Portland Antifa than they do with Republicans. Any attempts to make those connections are just partisan rancor. They hold no basis in fact.

But let’s keep in mind that Figiliuzzi was a high ranking FBI employee at one point. I know it triggers some on the right to question the ability of the bureau, but somehow people like Figliuzzi, Asha Rangappa, and others keep getting jobs there. It’s not just a coincidence at this point. Some of the most deranged conspiracy theorists on TV are former FBI and DOJ members. It’s fair to start asking what’s in the water over there and whether anything coming out of these agencies should be trusted at this point. Figliuzzi may be one of the craziest, but he’s far from alone in his insanity.

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