Gretchen Whitmer has criticized Michigan’s MAGA fans and President Trump for a chorus of ‘lock her up’ chants, saying that rhetoric has endangered her family.
The Michigan governor unleashed her critcisms on Saturday evening, while Trump spoke before a large crowd at a campaign rally in Muskegon. It came just one week after the FBI intervened in a nefarious kidnapping plot.
At the rally, Trump hammered Whitmer for keeping the state locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘You got to get your governor to open up your state, okay?’ he told the crowd of mainly maskless supporters. ‘And get your schools open.’
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (left) criticized President Trump (right) and his supporters after they chanted ‘lock her up’ during a campaign rally
The crowd cheered in response and only got louder when Trump said: ‘Hopefully you’ll be sending her packing pretty soon.’
The event errupted into repeated ‘lock her up’ chants, which Trump merely brushed off and added, ‘lock them all up!’
Whitmer directly repsonded to the chants on Twitter by chastising the crowd.
‘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 wrote. ‘It needs to stop’
Just last week, the FBI foiled a kindapping plot orchestrated by a group of militiamen. The men charged are right-wing extremists who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in Michigan.
They wanted to put her on trial for ‘treason’ in a safe house in Wisconsin. They also discussed ‘grabbing her’ and called her a ‘b***h’ in recorded conversations that an informant supplied to the feds.
Whitmer: ‘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’
Most recently, authorities arrested Brian Higgins, 51, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and charged him with material support of an act of terrorism.
That charge carries a 20 year prison sentence.
Brian Higgins, 51, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was charged with material support of an act of terrorism
He is among 14 men who have been charged in two separate indictments – one by the FBI and one by Michigan’s Attorney General – over their plot to kidnap Whitmer and generally overthrow governments.
The men are being described by prosecutors as part of a ‘boogaloo’ movement – an organization of agitators who are predominantly right-wing.
Six men have been charged with conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. They are Ty Garbin, Adam Fox, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft.
Higgins was charged by the Michigan AG’s office along with Paul Bellar, 21, Shawn Fix, 38, Eric Molitor, 36, Michael Null, 38, William Null, 38, Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 42.
All fourteen men are now in custody awaiting court appearances. They have not yet entered pleas.
The alleged plot began with a meeting where the men discussed forming their own ‘self-sufficient’ society in early June.
‘At one point, several members talked about state governments they believed were violating the US Constitution, including the government of Michigan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer,’ the FBI affidavit claimed.
The men then tried to recruit members of the Michigan militia group to help, the affidavit claims.