Whitmer hits back after Trump crowd chants ‘lock her up’…
GOVERNOR Gretchen Whitmer has slammed Michigan Trump fans for chanting “lock her up” at a Saturday rally, saying it puts her family “in danger.”
The chant comes a week after the FBI uncovered a plot to kidnap the governor by a local militia group.
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Speaking at his rally in Muskegon, Michigan, President Donald Trump said “hopefully you will be sending [Whitmer] packing soon,” which was followed by a chant of “lock her up” from the crowd.
Trump responded by saying “lock them all up.”
But the governor, who was targeted by at least six men with ties to the Boogaloo Boys movement, quickly clapped back on Twitter.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” she raged.
“It needs to stop,” she added.
Trump’s rally came just hours after The Boogaloo Boys held a “Unity Rally” at the Capitol Building in Lansing
The event was reportedly an attempt by the group to distance themselves from the Wolverine Watchmen, a local armed militia implicated in the criminal plot.
Trump has often attacked Whitmer over their differences in handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Angry protests erupted earlier this year as residents thought the governor was too heavy-handed in restrictions to battle the pandemic.
“The Governor of Michigan should give a little and put out the fire,” Trump tweeted in May. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal,”
Chilling pictures from a protest inside the Michigan State Capitol building on April 30 show two of the suspects heavily armed while standing in the gallery above the senate.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has reportedly confirmed that suspects William and Michael Null – identical twin brothers – appear in the photos with two other men.
These Wolverine Watchmen – affiliated with the loosely organized far-right Boogaloo movement – had started formulating the plan to kidnap Whitmer and start a civil war in June, the FBI said.
Thirteen men were arrested in connection to the sinister plot, seven of whom were part of Watchmen – and two of them are former Marines, the Corps said.
Joseph Morrison, 26, continued to serve in the Marine reserves until last week, CNN reported, while Daniel Harris, 23, served from June 2015 to June 2019 and achieved the rank of corporal.
The terrorist group allegedly formulated their plan in the basement of a vacuum repair shop called the Vac Shack.
They began plotting after one of the suspects, Adam Fox, was thrown out of his apartment by his girlfriend, according to CNN.
Fox, and a Delaware man named Barry Croft, had allegedly scheduled the clandestine basement meeting with 13 other men.
They reportedly felt that Michigan and other states were violating the US Constitution with closures of gyms and bars and other businesses, the outlet reported.
The group allegedly reached out to the Wolverine Watchmen for additional manpower to carry out their plans to kill “tyrants.”
With the help of an informant member of the Watchmen and undercover operatives, the FBI monitored the group as it trained and planned in a rural village called Munith, about 100 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.
But after the plot was foiled, a Michigan sheriff claimed that people involved may have been acting legally by planning to make a citizen’s arrest.
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf – who appeared on stage at an anti-lockdown rally in May with William Null – said “a lot of people are angry with the governor.”
Under state law private citizens are allowed to make an arrest if they witness a felony, or if a felony has been committed.
“They want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt?
“Because you can still in Michigan if it’s a felony, make a felony arrest.”
Whitmer has since warned that there may be “dangerous people” watching her since the plot first emerged.
She spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America on October 9 – the day after officials said that a Wolverine Watchmen plot to abduct her was stopped.
“There is ongoing rhetoric,” Whitmer told host George Stephanopoulos.
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“Even the president last night in his tweet storm won’t stop attacking me,” she continued.
“I think that it’s creating a very dangerous situation – not just for me but for people in leadership roles who are trying to save lives all across this country.”
Whitmer was referring to a series of Trump’s tweets, which slammed her for doing “a terrible job” but emphasized that he “[doesn’t] tolerate ANY extreme violence.”
Published at Sun, 18 Oct 2020 02:04:36 +0000