Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) said on Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Live With Katy Tur,” that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric played a role in the plot to violently overthrow the state government by kidnaping Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, thwarted by the FBI.
Nessel said, “Well, obviously, they traffic in the politics of extremism, but I’ll say this, I’m a lifelong Michigander, and you can go back to the Oklahoma City bombing and see there’s a relationship between Michigan militia groups and that horrible event, but things died down for quite some time. Things escalated exponentially recently, and first of all, of course, having a president that seems to condone these types of actions. Certainly, I would say more than dog whistles out there. Right? I mean, very good people on both sides. And as you indicated before, tweets to liberate Michigan. What does that mean exactly? And, you know, calls to stand back and stand by talking about the Proud Boys. So this is a president that traffics in extremism. I hear the press frequently talk about it in terms of a dog whistle to these groups, but to me, it’s not a dog whistle. It is really a command to action more than anything. Especially I see that in terms of our governor.”