Vermont governor says he’s not afraid after terror plot against Michigan governor revealed

Vermont’s governor says he does not fear for his own safety in the Green Mountain State after a plot by an anti-government group to kidnap Michigan’s governor and storm that state’s capitol came to light this week.

Authorities said Thursday that members of the group planned to storm either Michigan’s capitol building or Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s winter home as part of a broader goal of inciting a civil war. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott expressed his relief Friday that the plot was caught by federal agents before it could be carried out. He called the news “shocking and disturbing.” 

“It is why all of us need to find a way to heal the deep divisions in our country,” Scott said, adding that this includes everyone, all the way up to people at the top of the political pyramid. “This type of activity and violence of any kind should be universally condemned.”

Gov. Phil Scott speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Montpelier on April 25, 2019.

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said he was not aware of any recent increases in the number of threats against elected officials in the state. Police do not typically publicly discuss details of or investigations into these threats. 

“I feel I’m in good hands,” Scott said Friday. “I have a great deal of respect for our law enforcement community, and I feel very well-protected.” 

Scott and Schirling encouraged any people who see anything suspicious to contact their local law enforcement. 

“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to be vigilant, to make sure we’re aware of what’s going on,” Scott said. 

Contact Elizabeth Murray at 802-651-4835 or emurray@freepressmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizMurrayBFP.

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