Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, one of many Democrat leaders who’ve ignored rampant leftwing violence in her own city streets, is now claiming President Donald Trump “incite[s] domestic terrorism” after his supporters were heard chanting “lock her up!” after Trump criticized Whitmer’s tyrannical COVID restrictions.
Whitmer, along with many in the liberal media, tied Trump’s comments and the reaction of his supporters to the last week’s arrest of several men who had allegedly plotted to kidnap Whitmer.
"It's incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me — 10 days after that was uncovered — the president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism," she said on NBC's Meet the Press.
There's no evidence that the 13 men arrested in connection with the plot to kidnap Whitmer were Trump supporters or affiliated with any pro-Trump or GOP-related group. The men, as best anyone can yet tell, were anarchists at least somewhat affiliated with a group called the "Wolverine Watchmen," a little known loose-knit group that fantasizes about overturning the social order and instigating a civil war. Unlike Trump or his supporters, the men had a well-documented dislike of law enforcement and were searching for the addresses of police officers, which is what landed them on an FBI watch list earlier this year.
During his rally, Trump didn’t mention the men’s arrest or their apparent plan to kidnap the governor. Nevertheless, those who seek to find evil in his ever word regardless of the context have decided his criticism of Whitmer’s COVID lockdowns is tantamount to urging his supporters to kidnap or cause her harm. Because, of course, those two things are exactly the same, and conflating them is in no way disingenuous.
Kind of like blaming a virus with a 99% survival rate for why you have to govern like a dictator.