When it was reported several days ago that a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was foiled by the FBI, the media kicked into high gear. They were sure the culprits were MAGA loving Trump supporters and also white supremacists. In fact, we even had some cable news analysts suggesting Trump should be charged as a co-conspirator (see Hot Take: MSNBC Analyst Wants to Charge Trump in Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Plot)
That narrative started to fall when it was revealed one of the ringleaders not only didn’t support Trump, but that he had called the President a “tyrant” (see Narrative Fail: Turns Out the Folks Behind the Whitmer Plot Aren’t Who Dems and Media Are Painting Them As).
Wow! This is big. Brandon Caserta, one of the ringleaders of the group of men arrested for a plot where the group planned to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, hated President Trump too!
"Trump is not your friend dude"
He says Trump is "a tyrant" & calls President Trump an "enemy". pic.twitter.com/T5paEeTkiJ
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 8, 2020
It turns out that anarchists have a lot more in common with the left and Antifa than they do with Trump supporters. Want more proof of that? We are now learning that another plotter was a Black Lives Matter supporter and may have been partially motivated by George Floyd’s death.
This is a complete turn from the way the media painted this early on.
Ahhh now I see why this story has dropped from the headlines. https://t.co/c0li4HOMVD
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) October 10, 2020
Biden blamed this on Trump the other day.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 10, 2020
In fact, Trump was found to be so irrelevant in this case that the only mention the Post could come up with was to say this.
Four Washington Post reporters look into suspects charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor. One striking aspect of story: name 'Trump' is mentioned just once, when lawyer says one suspect 'had not expressed a view on President Trump.' https://t.co/DCf7qj49Dr
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 10, 2020
The media will never tell you the truth. It’s cliche and it gets old having to continuously point it out, but that’s the reality we live in. It would have been incredibly easy for everyone to keep their powder dry and wait for the facts. Instead, we got insane pronouncements that Trump had essentially directed this plot. In the end, at least some of the plotters had left-wing sensibilities and hated Trump. Heck, I’m struggling to find any evidence any of them were even white supremacists.
But the go to is always to cry racism and blame the orange man. I won’t blame BLM for this because their leaders can’t control what some random supporters go do. I will say that the double standard here is getting really old. If we are going to rush and blame Republicans for every action by someone who might hold right-leaning sympathies, and in this case, even when they don’t, then the left should have to play by the same rules.
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