One of the Republican candidates hoping to oust Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the upcoming midterm election is now respinning the story of a 2020 kidnapping plot to attack both Whitmer and Federal law enforcement. He is “demand[ing] answers” about what really happened, and suggesting that perhaps the whole thing was a false flag, carried out by the FBI, in order to sway the 2020 election and hurt Donald Trump.
With a dozen candidates facing off in the Republican primary in August, catching Trump’s attention for an endorsement would be a real boon for any one of those gubernatorial hopefuls. As the Detroit Free Press reported when Trump held a rally in Michigan last weekend, though he hasn’t made an endorsement yet, he did speak praisingly of one candidate, Tudor Dixon, without naming any others.
Now Garrett Soldano, another candidate on the roster for the primary, is lashing out at Governor Whitmer (of whom Trump has made his dislike apparent) and the FBI (ditto) with a conspiracy theory about the kidnapping plot.
According to The Star News Network, Soldano is floating the idea that Whitmermay have cooperated with the FBI in fabricating the entire plot, playing off the defense that four of the accused kidnappers used in court.
“When these acts of ‘domestic terror’ fail to materialize, corrupt politicians collude with the FBI to create fake narratives, such as this phony kidnapping plot, conveniently leading up to an election,” Soldano’s campaign manager Jon George, claimed.
Soldano’s press release declared the FBI involvement as fact, and framed only Whitmer’s involvement as speculation.
As we all saw last week, the FBI conceived a plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer and preyed on Michiganders to push it along. These events had a direct impact on the 2020 election results in Michigan, one of the most important swing states in the country. Did Gretchen Whitmer play a role in these targeted efforts to influence the 2020 election? Was Gretchen Whitmer working with the FBI to fake her own kidnapping?
Two of the six men accused in the kidnapping plot pled guilty before the case went to trial, and it was the FBI’s infiltration of the group that led to their arrest, according to the Associated Press.
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