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Whitmer’s Would-Be Kidnappers Facing ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ Charges

This story gets more intense by the week.

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The tumult of American politics over the course of the last several years has been nearly unfathomable, and many within this great nation are perhaps still a bit shellshocked over the escalations the we’ve experienced.

Never before in our lives did we need to worry about an armed mob storming the US Capitol with plans to disrupt the Democratic process.  But, then again, we had never before seen such a passionate and widespread belief in election fraud, either.

That’s not to excuse the would-be insurrectionists.  Rather, this is merely an attempt to convey just how omnipresent this new tension was.

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Now, in another sign of the true calamity of those months, the men who were planning to kidnap the Governor of Michigan have been hit with some terrifying new charges.

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Three of the more than a dozen people charged in a kidnapping plot involving Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now face new weapons of mass destruction charges. Adam Fox, 40, Barry Croft, 45, and Daniel Joseph Harris, 23, were on Wednesday hit with charges they knowingly conspired to use WMDs, CNN reports.

And it gets scarier still…

Fox is accused of ordering $4,000 worth of explosives, while Croft and Harris, who also face charges of possessing an unregistered destructive device, are accused of detonating an IED containing shrapnel “to assess its effectiveness as an anti-personnel weapon” near human silhouette targets.

The men were also said to be considering a plan in which they used explosives to demolish a bridge, creating a distraction that would have complicated the ability of first responders and police to protect Governor Whitmer.

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Friends of Giuliani Want Trump to Help Rudy with Insurmountable Legal Debt

That’s not good…

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Rudy Giuliani

In the waning days of 2020, on through the first 3 weeks of this new year, Rudy Giuliani was Donald Trump’s ride or die.  His “BFF”, if you will. The former NYC Mayor was the attorney for Trump at the time, and was tasked with finding a way to prove that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump. Rudy hit a number of brick walls, litigiously, and apparently did so at great personal cost. Giuliani’s advisers are pleading with Trump’s team to dip into its $250 million campaign bank account and pay the attorney for the work he did to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to a report from The New York Times. Giuliani’s team increased the pressure on Trump’s camp, the Times reported, after federal prosecutors executed a search warrant at the lawyer’s home and office as part of an investigation into his dealings with Ukraine. They are looking into whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs, the same officials who were helping him search for dirt on Trump’s political foes, including then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Rudy and The Don had a bit of a falling out near the end of Trump’s first term, with the then-President allegedly infuriated over the inability of his longtime confidante to reverse course on the election.

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Facebook Rules on Trump Ban in Major Free Speech Decision

This will haunt our nation for decades to come.

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The Trump presidency will undoubtedly go down in the history books as one of the most memorable of our lifetime, and there are repercussions still piling onto us today that could impact the way in which our nation operates for decades to come. Near the end of his first term, something previously unthinkable happen to Donald Trump:  He was banned from Twitter and Facebook outright, and arbitrarily. The two tech giants had decided that there was a real chance that Trump could or would incite violence around the nation, perhaps even via the infamous “storm is upon us” text that Qanon theorists repeatedly spoke of. Regardless of the reason, a sitting US President had just been censored by two incredibly powerful companies for reasons that they didn’t have to justify to anyone.  This was a terrifying adjustment to the way in which we think about free speech in America, and the struggle continues this week. Facebook was justified in its decision to suspend then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the company’s Oversight Board said on Wednesday. That means the company does not have to reinstate Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram immediately. But the panel said the company was wrong to impose an indefinite ban and said Facebook has six months to either restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a specific period of time. Scarier still:  A recent interview with Donald Trump was also removed from Facebook, with the social media magnates declaring that statements “in Donald Trump’s voice” would now be subject to such censorship.

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