By Ron French at BridgeDetroit

In hindsight, the protest signs with nooses outside Michigan’s Capitol might have been a warning.

Or maybe the bumper stickers calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a tyrant.

Or the state Senate Majority leader calling her a dictator.

Or the president of the United States extolling protesters on Twitter to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN.”

The alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer and storm the Michigan Capitol with 200 armed militia members followed months of provocative, sometimes violent rhetoric against the governor, who imposed a long list of pandemic-related executive orders last spring to try to limit the spread of the virus.

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