Fox News' Laura Ingraham Says Michigan Kidnap Plotters 'Look Like They're Anarchists'

Fox News' Laura Ingraham said on Thursday that the men who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer looked more like anarchists than members of the right.

The FBI announced yesterday that they had thwarted the scheme by militia members to abduct the governor as part of the group's discussions of overthrowing state governments "that they believed were violating the US Constitution."

Seven men have been charged in federal court and six others in state court under the Michigan anti-terrorism act. Whitmer quickly associated the plot with President Donald Trump and his rhetoric.

Ingraham addressed the news on her show, The Ingraham Angle, defending the president and suggesting the plotters weren't right-wing at all.

"Now they're trying to blame Trump for a handful of Michigan militiamen who were allegedly planning to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer?" Ingraham said.

"Listen to this. This is a nuts situation. Never mind the fact that these lunatics look like they're anarchists and not right-wingers.

"These folks somehow managed to skirt any culpability for stoking the violence and the riots that destroyed our cities. But now Trump is to blame for a couple of fools, criminals in Michigan?"

Laura Ingraham claims the people involved in the plot to kidnap Whitmer look like anarchists and not right-wingers

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"That's like if Biden is responsible for this assault that we've seen on cops. The left has encouraged the disrespect of any and all authority, especially the president," she said.

There is no evidence that the men are anarchists. Democrats have made the case that the plotters belong to the right-wing and may have been emboldened by the president, though the FBI has given no indication of this.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, told MSNBC on Thursday that at least some of the men involved in the plot also attended a pro-Second Amendment protest in the state capital of Lansing in June. The event took place during a COVID-19 lockdown.

"I think that when you take a look at who was at that event and you cross-reference it with the names of the people that we've charged, you'll see that many of them were in fact in attendance," Nessel said.

Support for the Second Amendment is not exclusive to the right, however. Right-wing militia groups have been involved in protesting against the COVID-19 measures in the state and gun rights events.

Nessel told Business Insider that the group involved believed Trump was speaking directly to them when he tweeted "LIBERATE MICHIGAN." She also pointed to the actions of Michigan Republican Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

"And then not only do you have our majority leader, Mike Shirkey, I mean he, I know has attended a number of their events. You have county sheriffs that are at their events," Nessel said.

"And so their gripes, their complaints with the government seemed to be further legitimized by the fact that you have elected leaders [supporting them] — and in one case, of course, the commander-in-chief of our nation, putting things on his social media feed saying 'liberate Michigan.' And these guys think that he's talking to them. I mean, he actually said, if you recall, that the governor ought to sit down and negotiate with these armed gunmen."

"Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry," Whitmer said Thursday, referring to Trump's comments to the right-wing Proud Boys at the first presidential debate.

"When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit," she said.

The president disavowed violence on Twitter following news of the arrests.

"I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!" he said.

According to the FBI, the men wanted to bring Whitmer to a secure location and hold a "treason trial." The charging document also notes "[s]everal members talked about murdering 'tyrants' or 'taking' a sitting governor." There is no evidence the group was inspired by Trump.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham at the RNC
Political talk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. Ingraham suggested the Michigan coup plotters look like anarchists. Alex Wong/Getty Images