Authorities announced that agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan's Democratic governor. Analyst Mark Pitcavage with the Anti-Defamation League says it's no coincidence militia groups have recently focused more on state governments. (Oct. 8)
MARK PITCAVAGE: Michigan is one of the states with the strongest history of connections to the militia movement. Traditionally, the antigovernment anger of the militia movement has been directed at the federal government for most of the history of the militia movement. But because the militia movement came out in support of Donald Trump, it's very difficult to be so angry at the federal government if someone you love is at the head of it. They can much more easily be angry at state governors, especially Democratic ones but sometimes even Republican ones, who are involved with gun control efforts or lockdown or anti-pandemic measures. And they focused a lot of their energy at the state level in 2020.