Michigan Gov. Blames Trump for Militia Group’s Plot to Kidnap Her

By Melanie Arter | October 8, 2020 | 5:05pm EDT
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks before Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the Detroit Pistons Practice Facility in Detroit, Michigan on September 22, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reacted to news that 13 milita members have been arrested and charged with trying to kidnap and possibly kill her by calling out President Donald Trump for “fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division.”

She also accused Trump of failing to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like the militia groups that plotted to attack her.

In a press conference after the news broke, Whitmer said, “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. 

“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, stand back and stand by,” she 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. They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they will legitimize their actions, and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit,” the governor said.

Whitmer tried to contrast Trump’s words with that of the late President Ronald Reagan, who called out “those who still adhere to senseless racism and religious prejudice.” 

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the NAACP’s annual convention and his comments stand in sharp contrast to what we have seen on the national and state level from his own beloved party in 2020. 

He said, “A few isolated groups in the backwater of American life still hold perverted notions of what America is all about. Recently in some places in the nation there’s been a disturbing recurrence of bigotry and violence.”

Then Reagan sent a direct message to those who still adhere to senseless racism and religious prejudice. “You are the ones who are out of step with our society,” he said, “you are the ones who violate the meaning of the dream that is America, and this country because of what it stands for will not stand for your conduct."
So let me say this loud and clear. Hatred, bigotry and violence have no place in the great state of Michigan. If you break the law or conspire to commit heinous acts of violence against anyone, we will find you. We will hold you accountable, and we will bring you to justice.

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