The outcome of the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer shows that the political violence of paramilitary and fascistic groups aligned with the Republican Party will not be stopped by the courts or the Democratic Party.
The exposure of a plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has uncovered the existence of a nationwide underground far-right terror network. Trump is plotting an attempt to ignore the results of the election on November 3 and use fascist forces in a bid to stay in power.
The militias are also the spearhead of the ruling class’ policy of “herd immunity.” They are being mobilized to threaten violence against officials responsible for implementing even the most mild lockdown measures in order to force the entire country back to work.
The outcome of the trial against four men who planned to kidnap and kill the Democratic governor was managed by District Judge Robert Jonker, who barred discussion of the broader political context and instructed the jury to consider FBI entrapment as a defense.
Judge tells jury to consider entrapment defense in trial of alleged Michigan governor kidnap plotters
US District Judge Robert Jonker instructed the jury in Grand Rapids to include entrapment defense in their deliberations in the trial of four men charged with plotting to kidnap and execute Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Two men who previously pleaded guilty to planning to kidnap the Michigan governor testified this week against four co-defendants who are on trial for conspiracy charges and face life sentences if convicted.
The conspiracy to target Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for kidnap and assassination unfolded over a six-month period. The numbers in the text refer to the locations highlighted on the map.
The 13 men arrested have two things in common: extreme right-wing politics and economic marginalization.
Decades of union collaboration in the destruction of jobs and promotion of economic nationalism have created conditions for the extreme right to recruit and find support.