After foiling this plot, the FBI warned that far-right terrorism was the greatest threat to American democracy. A man was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday for plotting to kidnap the Democratic governor of the US state of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
Adam Fox, 39, was the leader of a group of far-right activists arrested in October 2020. According to the indictment, these men accused the governor of being “a tyrant” because of the Covid-related restrictions and were considering removing it. to subject it to a “trial”. They allegedly monitored the area around his holiday home and took pictures of a bridge which they planned to blow up as a diversion during the kidnapping.
“Rest assured that we will do everything we can to thwart conspiracies like this one,” Andrew Birge, a former federal prosecutor who was appointed by the Justice Department to oversee the trial, said in a statement.
Adam Fox had pleaded not guilty at his trial and claimed to have been entrapped by undercover federal police agents and informants who, they say, pushed them to act, train, arm themselves. A few weeks earlier, three other members of this group had been sentenced by a Michigan court to terms of 7 to 12 years in prison, and two other members had been acquitted.
In 2020, the arrest of these activists illustrated the growing threat of radical right-wing militias, which was then confirmed during the attack on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, where members of groups such as the Oath Keepers or the Proud Boys.