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American Patriot Council says they only support lawful action, but they have created a climate which led to the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

October 8, 2020

We have been writing about the American Patriot Council since April, along with one of their leaders, Ryan D. Kelley. 

The American Patriot Council released a statement today, already trying to distance themselves from the failed plat to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Here is that brief statement

The American Patriot Council in no way condones violence as a form of political action. As the public is well aware, any actions taken by the American Patriot Council have been legal and lawful. While we hold the view that many public officials are guilty of a litany of crimes, and it has been our goal to hold these officials criminally responsible, we must do so lawfully.

It has come to our attention that some other groups have allegedly plotted violence and lawlessness, so, we feel it necessary to tell our members, followers, and viewers that The American Patriot Council believes in law and order across the board and that no American citizen should be deprived of their right to due process of law.

We have no affiliation with any other groups, nor will we aid or abet anyone using threats or acts of violence. Please take note that we are on the side of law enforcement. To this point we have not been made aware of any plans of violence and we believe our members and followers to be patriots.

To be clear: The American Patriot Council will report any unlawful activity immediately upon becoming aware.

This statement from the American Patriot Council does NOT condemn the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, instead it uses language to try to distance themselves from the plot, while simultaneously saying, “that many public officials are guilty of a litany of crimes.”

However, there is plenty of evidence that the American Patriot Council has created a climate to nurture actions like the failed kidnapping attempt of Gov. Whitmer.

Members of the American Patriot Council organized the anti-lockdown protest in Lansing on April 30th, which featured lots of armed, white men that day.

They held a rally in Grand Rapids on May 18, with militia types and Proud Boys in attendance. 

On the main page of the American Patriot Council, it says, Governor Whitmer Lies About 21 Day Continuance of Her Unconstitutional and Illegal Executive Orders, and if you scroll down a bit more it says, Petition to Arrest Whitmer, Nessel, and Benson. 

On the Cases page of the American Patriot Council, it has pictures of Gov. Whitmer, AG Nessel and Sec of State Benson, with the word Felon over each picture. On that same Cases page, Ryan Kelley tells supporter in a video that the FBI needs to arrest Whitmer and company for crimes.

All of these actions have clearly created an anti-Whitmer climate that goes beyond partisan bickering to create a political and ideological climate that fosters hate and violence.

Lastly, the American Patriot Council is coordinating so-called Freedom Marches on October 24th, with several planned in Michigan, with the closest being in Allendale. The possibility of violence, hate and intimidation will be significant at these marches.

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