March 8, 2022
Progress Michigan has compiled a breakdown of the alleged 2020 plot to kidnap and potentially execute Governor Gretchen Whitmer. This report also examines the environment in Michigan leading up to the plot’s inception and foiled execution, an environment that still exists today, rife with social media plagued by algorithms that radicalize people, toxic masculinity and sexism, multiple active Michigan militias, armed protests, radical right-wing leaders and Republican lawmakers screaming anti-government extremist rhetoric and giving life to conspiracy theories, and a contentious election.