Then-Sen. Gretchen Whitmer Talks with Members of the Michigan Women in Municipal Government

The plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer exposes the hate for women in power

This week 13 men were arrested on federal or state charges for plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Fortunately for Gov. Whitmer and the rest of us, these guys weren’t necessarily professional in their approach. They got caught because they shared their crazy ideas on social media. Then they started making plans with people who turned out to be informants and undercover agents.

One of those informants recorded conversations with one of the group’s leaders, Adam Fox, who allegedly said he needed “200 men” to storm the Capitol building in Lansing. According to the criminal complaint, they planned to take hostages, including Whitmer.

Fox also told the informant they planned to try Whitmer for “treason” before the November 2020 elections, according to the criminal complaint.

Obviously, these guys had way too much time on their hands. But this is about more than a bunch of idiots trying to kidnap government officials. It’s about the way America treats women—especially women in positions of power. 

I thought of it when Kamala Harris gave Mike Pence that Black mother look and said, “I’m talking now.” I thought of it when Donald Trump called Kamala Harris a monster after the debate.  I thought of it when I saw news stories that reduced our first Black female police commissioner to nail polish. I think of it almost every day. 

Because the truth is, Hillary Clinton would probably be president right now if she wasn’t a woman. Oh sure, there’s lots of other reasons she lost, but being a woman didn’t help. That’s a shame, because if Hillary was president, we wouldn’t be in this mess.  

First of all, she wouldn’t be on Twitter all day long. Second, if there was a virus, she’d tell us to wear our masks. Just like Gretchen Whitmer tried to do as governor of Michigan. 

Because she showed leadership, Donald Trump criticized her, and this spring, heavily armed protesters tried to take over the state house. When that didn’t work, they fell back, and started plotting to kidnap Governor Whitmer.  

Here’s the point. The hate we see in America is about more than race. It’s also about gender. So on November third, women of every creed, ethnicity and color have a choice to make. To paraphrase Martin Luther King: we can vote together as brothers and sisters, or perish together as fools. 

Photo by Michigan Municipal League: Then-Senator Gretchen Whitmer talks with members of the Michigan Women in Municipal Government.

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