The FBI announced it had foiled a plot, months in the planning, to kidnap Whitmer at her summer home and possibly use explosive devises to blow up a highway bridge in order to divert authorities.
At a press conference Thursday, Whitmer launched into an unhinged tirade against the Republican president, falsely distorting his recent statements to claim Trump’s rhetoric had been a “rallying cry.”
Twitter sleuth Robby Starbuck exposed the lie, pointing out that the plot’s ringleader, Brandon Caserta, had posted videos that displayed an anarchist flag behind him—a symbol widely embraced by left-wing anti-government radicals such as the domestic terrorism group Antifa.
Wow! This is big. Brandon Caserta, one of the ringleaders of the group of men arrested for a plot where the group planned to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, hated President Trump too!
“Trump is not your friend dude”
He says Trump is “a tyrant” & calls President Trump an “enemy”. pic.twitter.com/T5paEeTkiJ
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 8, 2020
“Trump is not your friend, dude,” Caserta said, according to reporting from Townhall.
“And it amazes me that people actually believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant,” he continued. “Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.”
During last week’s presidential debate, Trump was ambushed by a question from left-leaning moderator Chris Wallace in which he was asked to denounce “white supremacist” and “militia” groups—falsely implying that the president had condoned them previously, despite dozens of public statements condemning right-wing extremism.
The president sarcastically responded by directing the mostly peaceful, multi-ethnic Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” while insisting that Democrat candidate Joe Biden denounce in kind the violent left-wing fanaticism of groups like Antifa.
Biden refused to do so, insisting that Antifa was an idea and not an organization.
FBI Director Christopher Wray also misleadingly lumped together anti-government groups and rioters—without making a distinction about their ideology—during recent congressional testimony.
Antifa has largely relied on urban guerilla-warfare techniques to blend in with presumably nonviolent protestors while using social media and encrypted messaging apps to organize. Its training sessions have been exposed by undercover watchdog groups like Project Veritas, and it has its own handbook outlining its radical tactics and beliefs.
In addition to Whitmer’s mischaracterization of Trump’s debate statements, the governor also repeated a ubiquitous false attack on the president’s response to a 2017 clash between extremist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Although he had explicitly denounced violent ideologues, including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, Trump defended nonviolent demonstrators who had been protesting the Democrat-run city’s illegal attempt to remove historic statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Only days before last week’s debate, Trump issued an order to designate both the KKK and Antifa as domestic terrorist groups.
Despite having been thoroughly debunked, Whitmer’s claims continued to circulate in the leftist echo-chamber with few attempting to provide context or clarification.
Not surprisingly, YouTube continued its efforts to actively suppress the information by blocking videos that showed Casera’s politically inconvenient statements.
Tried to get as many videos as I could recorded from Brandon Caserta’s YouTube but in a shock to no one his page has been deleted by so that people can’t see the truth about his ideology. He’s an anarchist, not a Republican and says all politicians are participating in slavery.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 8, 2020
Whitmer, whose state is one of several key battlegrounds in the upcoming November election that cleared the path for Trump’s landslide 2016 victory, has been busted engaging in partisan, extralegal operations before.
Her scandalous mishandling of the coronavirus involved draconian lockdowns that restricted the freedom and movement of healthy citizens while forcing infected nursing-home patients to intermingle with those uninfected, likely resulting in thousands of deaths.
That resulted in widespread citizen protests, including a peaceful takeover of the capitol building in Lansing by demonstrators exercising their Second-Amendment right to bear arms.
According to the Associated Press, some of those arrested in the recent sting and a separate plan to storm the capitol were linked with a group called the Wolverine Watchmen that had been involved in the earlier demonstration.
The FBI quoted one of the men as saying Whitmer “has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power right now. All good things must come to an end.”
Earlier this week, the state Supreme Court shot down as unconstitutional Whitmer’s authoritarian policies—for which she had invoked an outdated, 1945 law—only to have governor-appointed cronies in the state health department dismiss the court decision and use an even earlier law to reassert their lockdown authority.
Whitmer’s health department was also busted over the summer for attempting to grant a no-bid contact-tracing contract to a leftist political canvassing group recommended by Democrat party leaders in the state.