No, this is not the plot of a movie.
Not another reboot of White House down, Michigan edition. There was a plot to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to a federal criminal complaint.
The plot stems from a desire to overthrow several state governments because, as the complaint states, “believe are violating the US Constitution,” including the government of Michigan and Whitmer.
First reported by The Detroit News, the plot was conceptualized and planned by individuals via social media groups.
The six individuals charged in the Western District of Michigan with conspiracy to kidnap are Michigan residents Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, and Delaware resident Barry Croft.
According to court documents, part of the FBI’s investigation included an undercover agent traveling to Dublin, Ohio, on June 6 for a meeting with Croft, Fox, and about 13 others.
The complaint revealed “They discussed different ways of achieving this goal from peaceful endeavors to violent actions … Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” additionally, the group discussed increasing their members and Fox reached out to a “Michigan base militia group.”
A second confidential informant confirmed Adam Fox met with militia leaders in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Recorded conversations with Fox said he needed “200 men” to take the Capitol building in Lansing and take hostages, including Whitmer.
Included details in the formal complaint:
- Fox would try Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for “treason” (in a citizen ran trial)
- The plan would be executed before the November 2020 elections.
- A June 20th meeting at Fox’s business in Grand Rapids, attendees turned over their cellphones.
- A trap door under a rug on the main floor to access the basement where the meeting was conducted.
- Discussed was assaulting the Michigan State Capitol, countering law enforcement first responders, and using ‘Molotov cocktails’ to destroy police vehicles.
- The five defendants who are Michigan residents are expected in court Thursday afternoon.
- The whereabouts of Croft, the Delaware resident, are unclear.
As the famous quote says “chickens have come home to roost.”
This attempted plot is the culmination of weak denouncement of white supremacy and militias, politicizing COVID-19, and a President that says “stand back and stand by” when asked if he would denounce the proud boys.
This is all added to anti-government history Michigan has, most famously Timothy McVeigh, that famously told friends while visiting Decker, Michigan that “the Army had implanted a microchip into his buttocks so that the government could keep track of him.”
He also famously wrote “Taxes are a joke. Regardless of what a political candidate “promises,” they will increase. More taxes are always the answer to government mismanagement. They mess up. We suffer. Taxes are reaching cataclysmic levels, with no slowdown in sight. Is a Civil War Imminent? Do we have to shed blood to reform the current system? I hope it doesn’t come to that. But it might.”
Freedom of choice does not give you the freedom to choose to harm others and break the law.
The irony, a plot to protect the constitution while undermining the constitution and state laws.
Whitmer is scheduled to deliver remarks Thursday afternoon.