Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) said President Donald Trump is “encouraging violence” after “failing to condemn” the alleged plot to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. He attacked her instead.
Sires represents the 8th Congressional District, which encompasses much of Hudson County.
Recently, the FBI foiled an alleged plot by a regional militia to overthrow the government of Michigan. The move was a protest against the COVID-19 lockdown. Thirteen alleged terrorists were arrested for plotting to abduct Gov. Whitmer, blow up a bridge to avoid police from stopping the kidnapping, firebombing police cars in a parking lot, and storming the state Capitol in Lansing.
The militia members were planning to either bring Whitmer to another state to stand trial for treason or leave her on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan. At one point, the group allegedly contemplated abducting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for the same reasons.
In response to the news that the FBI had foiled the plot, Trump tweeted a set of mixed messages:
“Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced… ..today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities……I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!”
Sires slams Trump
“When people plot to kidnap one of our governors, there should be no hesitation in condemning their actions,” Sires said. “Yet, when 13 individuals were arrested in a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, topple the state government, and instigate a civil war, the president instead chose to attack Governor Whitmer’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Sires said this is a story line that has played out many times with President Trump, including when he said “there were very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, when he said “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” when armed vigilantes stormed the Michigan State House, and during the presidential debate when he told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
Sires continued: “Our President is not only turning a blind eye to violent right-wing sentiment in our nation, but his failure to condemn horrific plots like this one is encouraging violence against elected officials.”
Sires also slammed Trump for ending stimulus negotiations until after the election.
“The President has told his negotiators to stop working to reach an agreement on a COVID relief bill,” Sires said. “One more example that he doesn’t prioritize the physical and financial health of Americans, in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.”
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