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Did FBI Informants Thwart or Encourage the Plot to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer?

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

“OK, well how's everyone feel about kidnapping?” a 37-year-old weight lifter and militia member named Adam Fox asked last July, over an encrypted chat with a militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen. No one responded. The streets that summer had exploded, first with protesters demanding an end to policing after a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd in May, then with far-right opportunists trailing racial justice activists and antifacist groups. A sitting senator mused about sending in federal troops, and the president wished he had gone even further. As a bitter Election Day drew nearer, fears of white nationalist terrorism, mobilized in response to the pandemic and protests, grew more tangible. So when the president told his supporters to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” from its governor's Covid-19 restrictions, and armed groups stormed the state Capitol, it looked something like an endorsement. And then, when the Department of Justice announced it had foiled a “deeply disturbing” plot to kidnap the...

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