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Whitmer Thanks Law Enforcement, Rips Trump

We’re learning more about the alleged attempt to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

13 men have been arrested in connection with the plot. Six face federal charges, and seven face state charges.

Officials say two right-wing militia groups planned to kidnap the governor from her vacation home in the northern Lower Peninsula, and put her on trial for “treason.”

They also planned to attack law enforcement officers, and mount an assault on the state capitol building.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has confirmed that several of the suspects were among the mob of armed thugs who rushed into the state capitol building while the legislature was in session this spring, and were also present at an armed protest in Grand Rapids.

Yesterday afternoon, Whitmer thanked the law enforcement officers who worked to foil the plan…

“My husband and I are eternally grateful to everyone who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our family safe.”

She noted that the increasingly divisive political discourse empowers extremists…

“Just last week, the President of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups, like these two Michigan militia groups. ‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.”

President Trump used the occasion to renew his long-running attacks against Whitmer. Yesterday, he told Fox’s Sean Hannity that it was “my justice department” who took action on her behalf.

He also issued a tweet imploring Whitmer to open up Michigan’s schools and churches. Michigan’s schools and churches have, in fact, been open for months.

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