LANSING, Mich. — The Republican gubernatorial candidate of Michigan on Friday compared Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s policies to the 2020 plot to kidnap the Democratic incumbent, remarks that Democrats slammed as shedding light on a serious and dangerous crime.
Tudor Dixon brought up the kidnapping plot in two separate events.
“The sad thing is that Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head and ask you if you’re ready to talk,” Dixon told a crowd at an event in Troy while speaking. the need to reduce trade regulations. “For someone so scared of being kidnapped, Gretchen Whitmer is good at holding business hostage.”
At an event later Friday, Dixon referenced an appearance Whitmer made with President Joe Biden at the Detroit Auto Show.
“I’ll tell you the look on her face, she was like, ‘Oh my God, this is happening. I would rather be kidnapped by the FBI,” Dixon said.
Two men were convicted last month of plotting to kidnap Whitmer because they were angry at the pandemic-related restrictions she had imposed. Prosecutors said they were part of a group that conspired to abduct Whitmer from her vacation home and blow up a bridge to disrupt police so they wouldn’t be caught. The FBI said it shut down the plot before it happened.
The jury’s conviction came in a second trial against the two men, Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox. At an earlier trial, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, while two other men were acquitted. Their attorneys argued the men were big talkers who were set up by the FBI and said there was no real conspiracy.
The Democratic Governors Association called Dixon’s comments “totally disqualifying for the role of governor of Michigan”, while Whitmer’s campaign criticized Dixon for his “dangerous rhetoric”.
“Threats of violence are no laughing matter, and the fact that Dixon has spent the day making joke after joke about it shows that she is absolutely unfit to hold public office,” the spokeswoman tweeted. the Whitmer campaign, Maeve Coyle.
Dixon was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in the GOP primary and now follows Whitmer in fundraising and support. She campaigned Friday with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who called the plot to kidnap Whitmer a “fake FBI-orchestrated kidnapping plot.”
Dixon slammed the media for not reporting on what she called attacks on her during Biden’s recent visit, saying he “called me all kinds of names and put my life in jeopardy. danger”.
Burnett reported from Chicago. ———
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