Michigan’s secretary of state says dozens of armed Trump supporters gathered outside her home Saturday evening demanding she overturn Joe Biden’s electoral win in Michigan. Jocelyn Benson says she was putting up Christmas decorations with her son when the armed group began making “loud and threatening” demands that she “stop the steal” — echoing rhetoric spread by President Trump. Benson spoke Monday with CNN.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson: “As someone who started my career investigating hate groups and hate crimes, I’ve seen firsthand how hateful words and rhetoric, particularly from leaders in positions of power, can lead to hateful actions by followers.”
In October, the FBI arrested over a dozen far-right militia members accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.