The FBI foiled a plot to overthrow the Michigan government and kidnap its governor Democrat, Gretchen Whitmer, to try her for treason and execute her ahead of the Nov. 3 election to influence the outcome of the vote for Trump. The plotters were considering kidnapping him from his country residence. Their detailed plan included blasting a road bridge leading to his house to counter the police intervention.
The group also planned to storm the state capitol and take hostages there. About fifteen individuals are accused of conspiring to kidnap the governor and of having committed various other crimes.
The investigation began in early 2020, when the FBI learned, via social media, that individuals were discussing the violent overthrow of several state governments that enforced health rules to combat the coronavirus and attacks on forces. of the order.
In late June, one of the defendants posted a video on Facebook exposing the state’s justice system and COVID-19 restrictions in gymnasiums in Michigan.
Trump is directly involved in this matter. In a tweet on April 17, he called for “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”. It was a tacit – if not explicit – call for the militias to act against the enforcement of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s containment and distancing guidelines. Indeed, militiamen from Michigan, assault rifles in hand, in combat gear, deployed on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing, the state capital, in the following days. Along with several hundred other protesters, some armed with pistols and revolvers, they entered the building, a stupid and dangerous practice permitted in this state. A senator said gunmen shouted insults at her. To be prepared for any eventuality, some cautious senators wore bulletproof vests.
The presence of an armed militia at a demonstration of anger over sanitary confinement in Michigan had marked an escalation in the US practice of arming itself in protest against government decisions.
Trump had called the Michigan protesters “very good people,” the same expression he used to excuse white supremacists and neo-Nazis who participated in the violent Charlottesville protest in 2017. Afterwards, armed militiamen took to task. participated in demonstrations in several other states to demand the lifting of restrictions linked to the pandemic.
Since Trump’s election, militias have developed ties with Republicans. Authorities estimate that the 280 or so armed militias would have some 100,000 members in more than 40 US states.
Since 1990, there have been more deadly attacks in the United States by far-right armed groups than by Islamist terrorists. In recent years, several of these armed groups have clashed with federal authorities in a series of conflicts in the western United States. Only about half of US states have laws governing private militias, but do not prohibit their creation. Incredibly, only one state in 50 outright bans them, Wyoming.
How did we get here? All these village bullies in camouflage uniforms, assault rifles in hand, invoke the famous Second Amendment to the Constitution which speaks of the right to bear arms in “a well regulated militia”, without defining the expression.
The United States is the only developed country which allows paramilitary organizations to be formed, armed and trained on its territory, whose mission is to protect citizens from the “evil” intentions of the State, of the “Deep State”. “, Embodied, for them, by the Democratic Party.
In the wake of the running mate’s debate, Trump called Kamala Harris an “unfriendly Communist monster.” I hope security has been tightened around the senator. Many armed Trump supporters are as unbalanced as he is.