Junge must cancel appearance with man who accused Whitmer of staging plot, compared arrests of plotters to Saddam’s ‘tyranny’

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October 9, 2020

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Just a day after federal, state and local law enforcement foiled a plot to target law enforcement officers and kidnap or kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the challenger to Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) plans to campaign today with a man who has accused Whitmer of staging the plot and compared the arrests to the “tyranny” of Saddam Hussein.

Paul Junge is scheduled to campaign at 7 p.m. tonight at a “Meet and Greet With Special Guest Alan Hoover” at the Oakland County Republican Party headquarters in Bloomfield Hills. Hoover, a Marine reservist who Junge defeated in the August Republican primary, made a series of social media posts in the hours after the plot against Whitmer became public that repeated the plotters’ description of Whitmer as a tyrant, accused her of staging the plot, and even compared their arrests to Saddam Hussein’s treatment of his enemies.

Elissa Slotkin for Congress spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said: “Yesterday, Paul Junge condemned the foiled plot against Governor Whitmer. Tonight, he’s campaigning with a conspiracy theorist who claims Governor Whitmer tried to stage her own kidnapping and compared the arrests to Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. This isn’t about politics. It’s about right and wrong. Mr. Junge has in the past been, to be kind, inconsistent in his willingness to condemn violent groups in this district. Now, amid a deadly plot against our government, he should immediately cancel tonight’s event with Alan Hoover and fully repudiate Hoover’s bizarre and harmful statements.”

Since news of the terrorist plot targeting Whitmer was reported yesterday, Hoover’s posts on social media have included: 

  • A Facebook post repeating the plotter’ allegation that Whitmer is a “tyrant” who decided to “stage a kidnapping plot.”
  • A Twitter post repeating the allegation that the plot was staged and another claiming the plotters had been improperly “arrested for words.”
  • A Facebook post claiming the plotters were arrested merely “for holding meetings and sharing words” about “removing the Michigan governor from office” and that they had been arrested in “the same manner that Sudam Hussein captured, tortured and executed Iraqi’s (sic) that spoke against his tyranny.”
  • Multiple posts making the unfounded allegation that the plotters – who legal documents show were pursuing their plot because of opposition to the governor’s COVID-19 orders – were actually left-wing or antifa protesters.
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