Governor’s Would-Be Kidnappers Now Linked to Fringe Political Movement

Last week, our nation was hit with one of the most extraordinary and terrifying stories that we’ve heard in a good long time, and it came from Michigan…of all places.

Just days ago, the Governor of Michigan was discovered to be at the center of a bizarre plot in which a group of at least 13 men had planned to kidnap her and then overthrow the Michigan government.  This is the first time that many of us had ever even heard of such a scheme being conducted here in the United States, and our reaction to the incident was a wide amalgam of fear and sadness.

We are a nation that stands only when united, and who falls when we find ourselves divided.

Yet, there are still a great many out there hoping for a new Civil war here in the United States, and at least some of the men tied to Whitmer’s attempted kidnapping would consider themselves among the aforementioned rebels.

Several of the six men charged in federal court Thursday with a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have histories of anti-government organizing, as well as interest in countering what they saw as an “uprising” against President Donald Trump, according to their online profiles and comments.

In addition, several of the seven men facing separate state terrorism charges for their activity with a group called the Wolverine Watchmen also posted pro-Trump and anti-government content.

The men have not yet appeared in court or entered pleas.

A senior federal law enforcement official said federal agents found that the group of seven tied to the Wolverine Watchmen believes in the “boogaloo” movement, which is largely dedicated to eradicating the government and killing law enforcement officers. Their social media profiles showed connections to a wide variety of known anti-government groups.

The ‘Boogaloo’ movement has long considered a second American Civil War a necessary, and have often been caught with their fingers in the national political stew on account of that desire.