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Whitmer’s office warns of ‘normalizing political violence’ after kidnap plot verdict

Following the verdict in the trial of four men accused of a 2020 kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), his office warned that “extremists will be emboldened.”

Friday, the jury acquitted two of the men and was hanged – or could not agree – in the case of two others.

She added that while a plot to kidnap a governor may “appear to be an anomaly”, it is actually “the result of violent and confrontational rhetoric that is all too common in our country”.

“There must be accountability and consequences for those who commit heinous crimes,” Whitmer’s office said. “Without accountability, extremists will be emboldened.”

During the trial, prosecutors said the men were motivated by anti-government extremism and angry at the COVID-19 restrictions Whitmer put in place amid the pandemic.

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