Day 1,359: Apparently Trump’s ‘law and order’ messaging doesn’t apply when a Democratic governor is subject of kidnapping plot

2 min readOct 10, 2020


On Thursday, 13 alleged domestic terrorists were charged related to a plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan. The men, who largely appear to be the type of white nationalists and wannabe militiamen that Trump has routinely cozied up to for more than four years, face a bevy of charges for plotting to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home and incite a civil war.

Donald Trump’s immediate reaction wasn’t to condemn violent thugs. It wasn’t even to praise the FBI. It was to beg for thanks from Whitmer while libeling her.

Trump has routinely railed against Whitmer, even going so far to ask his supporters to “Liberate Michigan!” in April. Armed protests soon followed.

Trump has been fomenting violence against Democratic leaders for years, trying to scare his base into action. Now that they have, Trump isn’t touting getting tough or “law and order,” like he does when peaceful protesters are marching through cities.

If the men were Muslim, Trump would be shouting anti-Muslim rhetoric and calling for bans.

If the men were Democrats targeting a Republican governor, Trump would be shouting anti-Democratic screeds every 30 seconds.

But the men were white terrorists, apparently supporters of his, seeking to start a civil war. So Trump is shamefully quiet, tacitly approving the dangerous actions by violent extremists.

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