Earlier this week, we ran a story in the newsletter on the extremists that have taken over the Republican Party and injected hatred, vigilantism, and terror into state and local politics. A few of the right-wing lawmakers we highlighted are state legislators in Michigan, one of the hotbeds of anti-government activity. Today, news broke that those Republicans helped inspire a plot to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and violently overthrow the state government.
State and federal authorities charged 13 angry white men with a litany of crimes on Thursday. Some headlines call the bearded toxic males who were arrested a “militia,” but that’s far too generous. These people are terrorists.
The affidavit is not a pleasant read, but it’s illuminating to see just how these would-be murderers think, communicate, and function. Here’s an excerpt — CHS-2 is an informant and FOX is one of the dopes they tricked.
On June 14, 2020, CHS-2 participated in a consensually recorded telephone call with FOX, who described the meeting in Dublin, Ohio. FOX said he needed “200 men” to storm the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, and take hostages, including the Governor. FOX explained they would try the Governor of Michigan for “treason,” and he said they would execute the plan before the November 2020 elections.
A few days later, they met at a second amendment rally in Lansing, the state capitol, where they marched with guns and tried to recruit more people to their cause. These rallies happened all summer, with far-right maniacs stomping around and threatening to kill Democrats so that they can defend their “constitutional” rights, which mostly include the right to carry a gun and not wear a mask.
Look at these miserable dorks:
These aren’t some independent group of fringe actors who are disconnected from the rest of the political mainstream. No, these right-wing lunatics have been egged on by Republicans all year. Republican lawmakers filed lawsuits to strip Whitmer of her power while these armed wannabe terrorists looked on in the capitol, refused to criticize their most violent threats, gave their anger plenty of fuel on social media, and even spoken at their rallies and marched alongside these disgruntled, bitter white men.