Heilemann on Whitmer Kidnap Plot: Trump ‘Engaged in Incitement to Domestic Terrorism’

MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann on Monday’s broadcast of “Deadline” accused President Donald Trump of engaging in “incitement to domestic terrorism.”

Heilemann made those remarks about the president’s rhetoric about the FBI thwarted a plot to violently overthrow Michigan’s state government by kidnaping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI).

Heilemann said, “I think it never hurts to remind people of the context here. The president said liberate Michigan. The president started this fire. Right? He lit the fire. He sparked the match and threw it on the kindling, and then these Wolverine militia domestic terrorist morons came up with a plot not just to kidnap the governor.”

He added, “They were going to put her on trial in the woods. And you know what that verdict was going to be in that trial. So Donald Trump, having lit the fire, now — luckily, law enforcement was able to douse the fire, and here comes the President two weeks from Election Day trying to restart it, and then pour gasoline on top of it — on top of that. I agree with you. I don’t want — I mean, it’s so easy to be hyperbolic about Donald Trump. It’s also easy to just get used to it. It’s like we want to try to find the right way to talk about this. But that is — he engaged in incitement to domestic terrorism, and he’s doing it again. It’s like, you would think that if the man had any moral sense if the man had any political sense if the man — there’s a reason why he’s behind in Michigan. The Governor is more popular than he is.”

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Joe Biden: ‘Not a Better Governor’ than Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer

Joe Biden heaped praise on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday, saying, “There’s not a better governor” in the country.

Speaking to supporters in Detroit, Biden said, “There’s not a better governor in the United States of America than Gretchen Whitmer,” triggering applause from the audience:

Biden went on to call her a leader.

“You stand up straight and tall and you don’t bend,” he said.

Biden said Whitmer “stepped up” during the coronavirus pandemic. Roughly one-third of coronavirus-related deaths in the state have occurred in nursing homes, after Whitmer instituted a controversial policy of sending virus patients to long-term care facilities to recuperate, inadvertently spreading the disease to the most vulnerable.

He went on to say she is “pretty much doing it better than anybody else in the whole United States of America.”

“You’ve shown this whole nation just how tough and thoughtful you are,” he continued.

“I’ve got to believe this state is so proud of you,” Biden said.

Biden condemned the accused “domestic terrorists” who allegedly plotted to kidnap Whitmer recently.

“It’s the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS,” he said, before blaming Trump for the anarchists’ alleged plans.

One of the alleged conspirators, Brandon Caserta, accused Trump of being a “tyrant” in a social media video:

“Trump is not your friend, dude,” Brandon Caserta said, with an anarchist flag hanging above his shoulder.

“And it amazes me that people actually, like, believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant,” he said.

Caserta and five others are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap, which could bring a sentence of up to life in prison.

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Michigan Supporters Shout ‘Lock Her Up’ After Donald Trump Criticizes Gretchen Whitmer

President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a campaign rally in the state.

“Now you got to get your governor to open up your state okay? Trump said, as the crowd gathered in Muskegon, MI, cheered wildly.

“And get your schools open, get your schools open, the schools have to be open, right?” he asked, as the crowd began cheering “lock her up.”

“Lock them all up,” Trump replied.

The president warned his supporters that Biden would level more public lockdowns in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Democrats would terminate our recovery with a draconian, unscientific lockdown like your governor is doing for everybody except for her husband,” Trump said, referring to the story of Whitmer’s husband requesting to get his boat on the water for Memorial Day weekend, despite the lockdowns.

“A guy like Biden and the Democrats want to keep Michigan locked up, locked down, and closed for business,” Trump continued.

The president also referred to the disrupted plot by radicals to kidnap the Michigan governor and start a civil war.

“Then I guess they say she was threatened, and she blamed me!” Trump said. “And our people are the ones that worked with her people.”


Whitmer ‘Kidnapping Plot’ May Have Been An FBI Entrapment Of A Bunch Of Crackpots

A recent thwarted plan to take Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hostage could have been an FBI entrapment, a defense attorney suggested Tuesday for one of six men charged with conspiracy to kidnap.

Scott Graham, who is representing 26-year-old Kaleb Franks, argued in court there was no real plan to capture Whitmer. Instead, he said the accused were merely acting as “militia wannabees” who engaged in “big talk between crackpots,” according to the Detroit Free Press. In other words, Graham said, those charged in a plot to kidnap Whitmer were “people who talk a lot … but are never going to do anything.”

“Have you ever dealt with big talkers?” Graham asked an FBI Special Agent Richard Trask during cross examination. “There’s kind of a military-wanna-be theme that runs between militias.”

Graham specifically asked Trask about his testimony that 13 militia members were planning to steal Whitmer from her vacation home and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan or try the governor for treason in a nearby state. Trask, the paper reported, said he couldn’t offer a specific answer but that there were audio recordings of the members discussing their plans.

Graham argued in court that it was the FBI’s own informant involved with this group that was actively encouraging the others to engage in illegal activity.

“One of the most active leaders was your informant,” Graham charged.

Gary Springstead, who is representing 24-year-old Ty Garbin, also said the use of an informant raised suspicions that without FBI involvement the “plot” would never have gone anywhere.

“(I)t’s become an issue in certain cases where the informant pushes some of the information, and the court and the government and the defense attorneys have to be leery of that,” Springstead told reporters outside the courthouse. “Because their job is not to assess what the government informant wants them to do, it’s to assess the accused’s intent and what they actually planned on doing.”

Prosecutors pushed back on Graham’s claims, citing the militia members allegedly conducting surveillance on Whitmer’s home three times.

“Have you ever heard of someone casing someone’s house?” the federal prosecutor asked the FBI agent on the stand. Trask testified that the group also considered going after Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.


MI Gov. Whitmer: No ‘Artificial Deadlines’ for Announcing Election Results

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) declared her state would not be held to any “artificial deadlines” with regards to announcing the results of her state’s November 3 election outcomes.

She accused those of seeking those so-called “artificial deadlines” of having political agendas.

“I will start with this,” she said. “Jocelyn Benson, our secretary of state, is a national expert when it comes to election law. She has said, we are going to get every vote counted, and we’re going to keep people safe as they go to vote. We’re working closely with our attorney general, Dana Nessel, who has been a fierce advocate of protecting people’s right to vote. And we’re all working in a coordinated fashion. Michigan will be able to announce results, but we are not going to have artificial deadlines set by people with political agendas.”

“We’re going to get this right,” Whitmer continued. “It will be soon after polls close. I’m not going to put a number on it, but we’re going to get it right. And I want to remind Michiganders, you can vote today. You can go into your clerk’s office and cast your vote today. So, every day between now and November 3 in Michigan is Election Day. And the more people that vote earlier, the more likely you’ll be safe and get counted.”

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Gov. Whitmer: Michigan votes will not ‘have artificial deadlines set by…people with political agendas’

October 11, 2020

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer raised many eyebrows Sunday on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation ‘after saying that the results of the state’s election won’t be announced by “artificial deadlines” set by “people with political agendas.

The Governor apparently doesn’t want to let anyone know what the rules are for the presidential election on Nov. 3 in her home state of Michigan.

“Michigan will be able to announce results, but we are not going to have artificial deadlines set by, you know, people with political agendas,” she said. “We’re gonna get this right.”

Related: FBI says it foiled plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Whitmer, overthrow Michigan govt.

Concern has been mounting over universal mail-in-ballots and this years complications during the upcoming Nov. 3, presidential election due to the coronavirus global pandemic.

Whitmer also responded to a CBS poll that found half of Trump’s supporters think they should monitor voting places.

As for a CBS poll that found half of Trump supporters believe that polling places should be monitored “we are prepared to make sure this election goes smoothly. We’re gonna keep people safe as they go to the polls, and we will not tolerate anyone who’s trying to interfere with someone’s ability to safely vote.”



‘White Supremacist’ Suspect In Michigan Kidnapping Plot Is Actually A Trump-Hating Anarchist

A new video of one of the 13 men arrested and charged in an alleged kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shows the suspect is a Trump-hating anarchist despite media claims the plot was hatched by pro-Trump white supremacists.

“You know Trump is not your friend, dude,” said Brandon Caserta, with a large anarchist flag hanging on his wall behind him. “And it amazes me that people actually, like, 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.”

In another video from Caserta, the anarchist asserted, “[police] are oppressing you for a paycheck.” “If you’re still supporting law enforcement… you are supporting the people who are enforcing slavery on everyone else.”

Documentary producer Robby Starbuck, who discovered Caserta’s videos, blasted the integrity of the corporate media, writing on Twitter: “Why did it take me to pull all these videos to give people access to the truth about the ideology these guys have? It says a lot about the state of journalism that a director/producer had to dig these clips up because we all know we can’t trust mainstream news to do their job.”

The alleged kidnapping scheme aimed at Whitmer included plans to overthrow several state governments that the suspects “believe are violating the US Constitution.”

Immediately corporate media blamed “white supremacists” and President Donald Trump. “If the president read his intel briefings and understood the dogma of white nationalist groups,” wrote Politico’s chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, “he’d realize that language like ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN!’ is read as tacit permission — if not explicit encouragement — for militias to take action.”

In an interview with NPR, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said multiple white supremacists and anti-government groups in the plot acted “in concert based on a shared extreme ideology.”

Nessel said she believes racist militia groups across the country are taking advantage of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter unrest. “They’re using it to recruit and to formulate plots,” she stated.

“I think that those protests [of COVID lockdowns] were used actually as recruiting stations to add more members and to find people that were angry with the governor, angry with the government, and frankly, I think encouraged by the words of our president,” Nessel continued.

Whitmer also tied Trump’s rhetoric to the plot, saying on television she “wakes up every day with such hatred in her heart” for Trump.

The governor alleged “the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacist and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups.” That is false. Trump has repeatedly publicly disavowed white supremacy and racism.

Whitmer also said the “president’s words” during the debate were a “rallying cry” and “call to action” for “hate groups.” “When our leaders meet with, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit,” Whitmer said.

Turns out, at least one of the men involved in the thwarted kidnapping plot is not a white supremacist at all, nor was he inspired by Trump.

“Democrats and the media say President @realDonaldTrump inspired these idiots who plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,” wrote Starbuck on Twitter. “They’re lying. As this key member of the plot makes very clear, he hated Trump too. They’re government and police hating anarchists. Don’t fall for the lies!”

Democrats and the media haven’t only been disingenuous about this story. They have a history of not accurately representing Whitmer or her Michigan constituents. Alberta made another wild claim in an April Politico story. He wrote that in Lansing, “you cannot find anyone, Republican or Democrat, on the record or off, who does not admire the skills of the state’s 49th governor.” “Moreover, just about everyone likes her,” he said. “She is genuine, secure, quick to give a hug or share a dirty joke.”

This storyline is incredibly ridiculous considering a massive effort to recall Whitmer has been underway for months now. Eleven approved recall petitions are currently in circulation. Whitmer was also rebuked by the Michigan Supreme Court for violating the law in her abuse of emergency powers.

President Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday: “Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan.”


Gretchen Whitmer Echoes Joe Biden, Says Trump ‘Complicit’ in Kidnap Plot, Without Evidence

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) claimed Thursday that President Donald Trump is “complicit” in stoking extremists like the ones who had planned an alleged plot to kidnap her and overthrow the state’s government.

Whitmer’s remarks came in a livestreamed address in which she noted President Trump’s remarks on white supremacy during the first presidential debate. When asked to denounce the group Proud Boys, President Trump said, “Stand back and stand by.” Whitmer believes that was a “rallying cry” for those who allegedly sought to abduct her.

“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacist and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” Whitmer said. “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.

“When our leaders speak, their words matter,” Whitmer continued. “They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit.”

Whitmer took jabs at Trump repeatedly, claiming that he is “stoking distrust” and “fomenting anger.”

“Our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger, and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division,” Whitmer stated.

While it is reported that twelve individuals have been charged in regards to the alleged kidnap plot, the United States attorneys in Michigan announced charges against Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta.

“When I put my hand on the Bible and took the oath of office 22 months ago, I knew this job would be hard. But I’ll be honest, I never could’ve imagined anything like this,” Whitmer said.

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Joe Biden Tweets Debunked Charlottesville ‘Very Fine People’ Hoax to Blame Trump for Michigan

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted the debunked “Charlottesville very fine people hoax” on Thursday in an attempt to blame President Donald Trump for a foiled kidnapping plot by members of a militia in Michigan.

On Thursday, federal agents arrested half dozen alleged conspirators who had plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The group shared an anti-government ideology; one member recorded a video denouncing Trump as a “tyrant.”

Yet Biden and Whitmer each blamed Trump, without evidence, claiming that his rhetoric had inspired the plotters.

Biden took that one step further, citing Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville riots in 2017. Trump said that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists there should be “condemned totally,” yet Biden has claimed for two years that Trump said they were “very fine people.” (Trump had been referring to non-violent protesters on either side of a statue debate.)

On Thursday evening, Biden tweeted a video from the vice presidential debate the night before, featuring his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Biden tweeted the part of the debate where Harris repeated the hoax:

Biden left out Vice President Mike Pence’s response, in which he debunked the hoax entirely:

You know, I think this is one of the things that makes people dislike the media so much in this country, Susan, is that you selectively edit — just like Senator Harris did — the comments that President Trump and I and others on our side of the aisle make. I mean — Senator Harris conveniently omitted, after the president made comments about people on either side of the debate over monuments, he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, and has done so repeatedly. You’re concerned that he “doesn’t condemn neo-Nazis”? President Trump has Jewish grandchildren! His daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. This is a president who respects and cherishes all of the American people.

The BBC fact-checked Harris’s claims as false; most U.S. fact-checkers, who lean left, ignored the exchange because it went so badly for Harris.

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FBI says it foiled plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Whitmer, overthrow Michigan govt.


The FBI said at a Thursday press conference that it has foiled a plot by a right-wing militia to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.), as well as overthrow the state government.

Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, agents from multiple federal agencies raided a house in Hartland, Michigan and arrested six men: Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta. All of them are Michiganders except for Croft, who hails from Delaware.

“All of us in Michigan can disagree about politics, but those disagreements should never, ever amount to violence,” said Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. “Violence has been prevented today.”

The conspirators planned to kidnap the governor from her vacation home before the November 3 election, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Andrew Birge. For months, the six men collaborated and practiced carrying out the plot with other militia members. Fox wanted to try her for “treason,” according to the authorities.

Gov. Whitmer gained national notoriety at the beginning of the pandemic for her strict lockdown policies, which the State’s Supreme Court recently deemed unconstitutional. Her policies are key to this story because, while fellow Democrats lauded her for them, they have drawn the ire of the far-right. Throughout the pandemic, anti-mask and anti-lockdown demonstrators have routinely staged large protests in the Wolverine State’s capital of Lansing.

Furthermore, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel introduced additional charges against seven separate individuals with ties to the militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen. These individuals, said Nessel, “are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence, intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the Capitol Building of Michigan and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan.”

She then noted that “these charges are subject to change after a complete review of the evidence obtained last night and may differ from those charged at the federal level.”

The agencies which participated in the operation include the FBI, the U.S. Attorneys for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan, the Michigan Attorney General, and the Michigan State Police.

All of six men face life in prison, and the investigation is ongoing.

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