Why I Don’t Blame Anyone Who Thought The Michigan Kidnappers Were Republicans
Before we begin, I think it’s only fair to go to Twitter and find out what the President has said about both Michigan and its Democratic governor.
Failing Michigan Governor must work harder and be much more proactive. We are pushing her to get the job done. I stand with Michigan! — 3/17/2020
I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! #MAGA — 3/27/2020
LIBERATE MICHIGAN! — 4/17/2020
The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal. — 5/1/2020
The day before the kidnapping plot was thwarted, Young Americans For Liberty tweeted out:
.@GovWhitmer is very sad the Michigan Supreme Court took away her unconstitutional emergency powers. She claims with a straight face that the state economy is at risk without her mandates preventing people from working.
Trump quote tweeted it by saying:
We just got a BIG win for the people of Michigan. Open up your Churches and your Schools. Auto companies pouring in and expanding (thank you Mr. President!). Have fun!
Oh, and when Trump heard about this, he started his Twitter thread on the subject by saying:
Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities.
As of writing this, it seems like a few different plans were foiled at the same time, done by around thirteen different people. Some of the people involved were related to Antifa and other far-left radical groups, others were hardcore Trump supporters who agreed with the rhetoric pushed by the President one day beforehand.
Imagine if just before the New Zealand Mosque Shooting, Barack Obama had tweeted “Man, I don’t like Mosques in New Zealand.” Do you really think that people wouldn’t have assumed Obama had at least some kind of connection — really? Because I know for a fact no Republican would let the left off the hook for that. Hence why whenever some robber who can’t even spell the name “George Floyd” loots a store during a Black Lives Matter protest, it’s somehow the fault of Black Lives Matter (although even if you want to go down that road, it’s odd how, for example, the Louisville Police who killed Breonna Taylor and then lied to our faces is never to blame) and not the person who looted the store.
Here’s another example, on Friday Donald Trump took part in a “radio rally” on The Rush Limbaugh Show. Rush Limbaugh infamously said in 1990:
Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?
Again, I’d be surprised if half the people Limbaugh was talking about could spell either “Jesse” or “Jackson”.
The fact is, the right has blamed its enemies for major attacks, with far less reason. I often point to this quote from the late Jerry Falwell — a quote even he had to apologize for — as a pure example of what the left is now being accused of doing:
The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”
In 2007, the same year Falwell died, Dinesh D’Souza released his book The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. Here is how Publisher Weekly summed up the book:
Conservative pundit D’Souza (Illiberal Education) roots the blame for the 9/11 attacks in the left wing’s “aggressive global campaign to undermine the traditional patriarchal family” in this mostly lucid but unconvincing argument. Pointing to Hillary Clinton, Britney Spears and Noam Chomsky, he decries those who have teamed up with Hollywood and the U.N. to foist an irreligious, sexually licentious, antifamily liberal culture — epitomized by Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues and gay marriage initiatives — on a Muslim world that rightly reviles it. By deliberately attacking Islamic values, the left tacitly allies itself with al- Qaeda in its effort to defeat Bush’s war on terror and thus discredit conservatism at home, he asserts.
To be honest, if you haven’t been following this all that well, I wouldn’t be surprised if you still believed they are all Trump supporters. When a man sent mail bombs to George Soros, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, John Brennan, Joe Biden, Robert De Niro, James Clapper, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Tom Steyer, the right told us it could not be them. Matt Walsh, hardly a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, even wrote this on the topic:
But there is another possibility, of course, and it’s a possibility that any rational person can see. It does not take a conspiracy theorist to wonder about the timing and methods in this case. As I said, we are only days from the election. These were rudimentary bombs sent in ludicrously suspicious packaging to high profile Democrats who would obviously have their mail screened. It would take not just an idiot but an idiot of monumental proportions to think that he can literally mail a pipe bomb in an envelope to Obama without the package being intercepted along the way. Not only that, but the bombs were specifically sent to Democrats who, aside from Waters, are no longer in the government. They have no actual political power.
We are left with two possibilities, it seems. Either this was the work of a monumental idiot or it was the work of a more clever sort of person. The clever person would obviously know that these bombs would cause no harm to anyone and certainly wouldn’t kill the people whose names were on the envelopes. They’d also know that an attempted attack of this sort, at this point, could only help the Democrats. We could call this a “false flag” but that term is tainted by insane Sandy Hook and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. The “false flag” possibility in this case is neither insane nor implausible. Especially when you consider the liberal propensity for staging fake hate crimes.
The 2018 bombs turned them into a boy who cried wolf, now, when something happens that we have reason to blame Republicans for, regardless of who actually did it, we’re going to say it’s the fault of the right. As of right now, the motives for a few remain unestablished — and some do seem to have been Trump supporters, however, I cannot blame anyone who at first made the generalization.