COVID-19 case and death rates are high enough but not high enough to stop RWNJs from threatening public officials. “The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan is now over 50,000.” And the death toll will soon reach 5,000.
On Thursday, Michigan closed down its capitol building and canceled its legislative session after online death threats made against Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The threats were made by protesters who planned to attend a “Judgement Day” protest at the capitol. The protesters ostensibly oppose Whitmer's statewide shutdown orders meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Dozens of posts in private invitation-only Facebook groups called for Whitmer to be hanged, lynched, shot, beaten or beheaded. One suggested crowdfunding sources to hire a hitman to kill her.
“We haven't had any bloodshed yet, but the populous [sic] is counting to three, and yesterday was day two,” wrote Dave Meisenheimer in a 385,000-member Facebook group called Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine. “Next comes the watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants,” he concluded.
Numerous other posts referred to Whitmer as a “Nazi,” “spawn of the devil,” “wicked witch,” “Soros puppet,” “baby killer tyrant” and more, according to the Detroit Metro Times. Others promised to attend upcoming protests “armed to the death” and without face masks, threatening to attack any police officers who dared confront them.
And in related news
A downtown Detroit real estate agent is facing a terrorism charge after authorities say he made credible death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday that Robert Sinclair Tesh, 32, is charged with making a false report threating terrorism. He's alleged to have messaged the threats to an acquaintance on social media on April 14 and was arrested later that day.
Tesh faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He's out on $50,000 cash/surety bond and has been assigned a GPS tether. He spent a week in jail following his April 22 arraignment and is due back in court June 3.
— Ã°ÂÂ¦Â Mike Whitney Ã°ÂÂ¦Â (@MikeWhitney53) May 16, 2020