Man involved with plot to kidnap Michigan governor had ‘rage issues’

  • One of the six men charged by the FBI with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had shown signs of “rage issues” while a member of the Michigan Home Guard, BuzzFeed News reported.
  • The man, Adam Fox, also appeared to want to incite violence against racial justice protesters earlier this year, Michigan Home Guard cofounder Rick Foreman said. 
  • The FBI said that Fox and the other suspects involved in the plot “agreed to unite others in their cause and take violent action against multiple state governments that they believe are violating the U.S. Constitution.”
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One man charged on suspicion of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had previously exhibited signs of “rage issues” and clashed with racial justice protesters, BuzzFeed News reported.

Rick Foreman, the cofounder of Michigan Home Guard, which proclaims to be the state’s “largest and most active militia,” told BuzzFeed News that the man, Adam Fox, had been kicked out of the group earlier this year.

“He has rage issues,” Foreman said, adding that there were no problems with Fox until he became a full member of the group. 

“And then all of the sudden he’s all anti-government, he wants to start a war, he wants to take people out,” Foreman said. 

The FBI on Thursday identified Fox as one of the six men involved with a plot to kidnap Whitmer. Fox had orchestrated several facets of the planned attack, including conducting meetings with accomplices and contacting members of a Michigan-based militia group to carry out the plan, an FBI affidavit reads.

The suspects “agreed to unite others in their cause and take violent action against multiple state governments that they believe are violating the U.S. Constitution,” the FBI said.

While at the Michigan Home Guard, Fox had threatened multiple people, Foreman said. 

At one point in June, when Fox had still been a part of the Michigan Home Guard, the group gathered for an “American Patriot Rally” in front of the state capitol building, BuzzFeed News reported. Counterprotesters calling for racial justice appeared, and Fox tried to block them and seemed to want to engage the group in a physical altercation, Foreman told BuzzFeed News. 

Foreman also said that other group members speculated that Fox was taking steroids during his time at the Michigan Home Guard, saying that he had “roid rage.” 

Far-right and right-wing protesters were angered earlier this year when Whitmer issued a statewide lockdown in response to the spreading coronavirus. Many brought guns to the state capitol building, according to photographs that flooded social media. Business Insider received almost 1,200 emails from Michigan residents complaining about her executive order. 

President Donald Trump openly embraced the groups, calling them “very good people” who “want their lives back again, safely.”

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