MI Gov. Responds To Kidnapping Plot, Says Trump ‘Complicit’ In Stoking Extremism

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"Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) responded to kidnapping plot against her, saying that President Trump’s refusal to condemn right-wing extremist groups during the first debate served as a “rallying cry” for militia movements.

Via The Hill:

"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. They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit."

Federal agents said Thursday morning they had foiled a scheme to kidnap Whitmer created by conspirators aided by members of a Michigan militia called Wolverine Watchmen. Parts of their plans involved visits to the governor's home and explosive device training.

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