- A federal affidavit filed Thursday — which was obtained by The Detroit News — said the alleged plot called to kidnap Whitmer.
- Thirteen people were arrested and charged in the plot.
- Michigan “has always been a hotbed for militia activity,” she said.
- “The militias in Michigan have always been the kind to which other states’ militias look up to.”
Most groups follow the law. But Cooper told USA Today the rise of social media, increased collaboration between groups and fears over the coming presidential election may make some groups more dangerous.
- “Just last week, the President of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” she said. “‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. ‘Stand back and stand by.’ Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight.”