The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

FBI: Kidnapping plot also targeted Virginia governor

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/13/20, 05:12 pm

People from four or five states attended a June meeting in Ohio to consider ways to overthrow state governments, FBI agent Richard Trask told a Michigan court on Tuesday. He said the alleged conspirators, including at least two of the men arrested last week for a purported plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, also discussed targeting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. The suspects were frustrated with coronavirus lockdowns.

How did Northam respond? Northam’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for instigating violence. “Here’s the reality: President Trump called upon his supporters to ‘LIBERATE VIRGINIA’ in April—just like Michigan,” Yarmosky said. But one suspect, Brandon Caserta, called Trump a “tyrant” and “not your friend” in a video with an anarchist symbol behind him. Another, Daniel Harris, protested against the police at a Black Lives Matter rally in June.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties about religious groups challenging COVID-19 restrictions, including some in Virginia.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 10/13/2020 06:33 pm

    Appreciate the effort to tell the full truth and counter some of the false narratives being spun for political purposes.

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 02:50 pm

    I think this shows that our "enemies" are not necessarily those who support a different political party. We should condemn the use of violence, terror, kidnapping, murder, illegal destruction of property, or anarchy regardless of who is doing it.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 05:35 pm

    I'm no expert on mental illness but it seems to me that strongly believing something that is not true, in the face of widely available opposing evidence, is a type of mental illness.  If people think they can do some violent act and a large number of fellow citizens will rally behind them to enact a revolution, that is definitely believing something there is no factual basis for. 

    These deluded plotters think they will be great revolutionary heroes, but the rest of us see them as terrorists and criminals.  

    But maybe they see how many, including politicians, are rallying behind Black Lives Matter, which I consider another group that suffers from deluded views about their power to influence change. The only difference is that the group infected with the BLM delusion is quite a bit larger. Nevertheless, it is delusional to think their riots and destruction are righteous, and delusional to think that kind of action will attract wide support for their cause. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 11:43 am

    There's a saying in recovery groups: "What is the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."  (This obviously isn't a medical definition of mental illness but a way to help people realize when their behavior is destructive and self defeating.)  Unfortunately, we, as human beings, seem quite adept at justifying sinful actions. May God grant us all wisdom in these crazy times we live in!