Trump Strikes Back at Gov. Whitmer After She Blames Him for Kidnapping Plot

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One wouldn’t have needed a crystal ball to predict how the Democrats would react to the recent news of a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. As soon as the story broke, they immediately determined how the alleged scheme could benefit them politically. You know the rest of the story, right? The Democrats, along with their close friends and allies in the corporate press, placed the blame squarely on President Donald Trump and his supporters. 


On Thursday night, Trump struck back against Gov. Whitmer, who had blamed him for the plot during a press conference on the same day. The president lambasted the governor while denouncing “extreme violence” in America hours after the arrest of the men involved in the conspiracy. 

“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan,” he tweeted. “Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities. I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence.”

He continued, “Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!”

When Gov. Whitmer gave the press conference to discuss the scheme, she referred to President Trump’s response to a question about condemning white supremacy during the first presidential debate. During the exchange, Trump publicly told the Proud Boys organization to “stand back and stand by.” Whitmer claimed that extremist groups believed the president’s comments to be a sort of command.


“Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, a call to action,” Whitmer insisted. “When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight.”

Whitmer was not the only Democrat pretending that the conspiracy was Trump’s fault. Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in as well. He referenced a tweet that Trump posted in the spring when protesters marched to express their opposition to Whitmer’s draconian COVID-19 restrictions. The president tweeted, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” 

Biden used this tweet to put forth the lie that Trump was responsible for extremist militia groups. He said:

“That call was heard. When protesters with Swastikas and Confederate flags, nooses, and assault rifles descended on Michigan’s Capitol echoing the president’s own refrain to ‘lock her up,’ President Trump called them ‘very good people.’ He was heard, just as he was heard by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville three years ago, and again last week, when he told the extremist Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by.’”

Not that the Democrats care, but there is currently no proof that any of the 13 men the FBI arrested were Trump supporters. In fact, evidence to the contrary has already surfaced. Brian Caserta, one of the alleged members of the group, which is called the Wolverine Watchmen, posted a video in which he slammed Trump while standing in front of an anarchist flag. 


“Trump is not your friend, dude,” Caserta opined. “And it amazes me that people actually believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant. Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.”

The FBI announced on Thursday that it had arrested 13 men on terrorism, conspiracy, and weapons charges. At least six of these individuals had concocted a detailed plan to kidnap Whitmer. The group met several times over the summer for combat drills and firearms training. They also practiced building explosives, according to the FBI. 

The FBI report explained that the suspects spied on the governor’s vacation home in September and searched for places where they could detonate a bomb to distract law enforcement. The alleged conspirators indicated that they wished to take Whitmer as a hostage before the November election and take her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin for a mock trial. 

The Democrats have gotten to the point where they will blame Trump for almost anything, no matter how far-fetched their arguments seem. In this instance, they were willing to turn a crazed scheme into a political attack that has no basis in reality. Rather than blame the men allegedly involved in the kidnapping plot, they are more concerned with scoring cheap political points. 


It’s a desperate move, for sure. The weaponization of the kidnapping plot is unlikely to change any minds or win over undecided voters. But at this point, they don’t have much left in terms of political weaponry, so this particular fiasco isn’t much of a surprise. 


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