Eric Trump cancels Michigan gun range event after ex employee charged in plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
The Trump Campaign canceled an event scheduled to be held at the Huron Valley Guns in New Hudson, Michigan, after one of its former employees was linked to a domestic terror plot against the state’s governor. The event in question was to be attended by President Donald Trump's son Eric, before 13 men were charged in a domestic terror plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the government. The gun range expressed their disappointment at having the rally canceled via a post on social media.
"With much regret I must announce that the Trump Campaign changed venues within the last hour. In February 2020 we had a young man that worked on the range who would show up for work in a LOT of tactical gear. We found that a little odd. We weren't comfortable with him for a few other reasons and fired him after 3 weeks. He ended up being one of the fringe characters arrested for the Governor Whitmer kidnapping. A lot of us here at HVG are pro, current or ex-police. We are all Pro USA and are very patriotic," they wrote on Facebook.
"While all of you know who we are and what we're about...a lot of people dont," they continued. "The Governor would have had a field day against the Trump campaign. They would accuse the administration of sending his son to a facility where terrorists work and train. This could not be further from the truth, but imagine the left spin. While we are completely disappointed, we would not want anything to hurt the chances of President Trump. So for that, we are glad this came out before the event occurred."
Soon enough the post received hundreds of comments, mostly from Democrats mocking their announcement. "Democrat here - sorry that this happened to you guys. Genuinely. No spin. You did the right thing to protect the image of your candidate of choice. Again, sucks that you guys ended up innocently being associated with this. Not all liberals are as opportunistic & callus as some may think. At least I try not to be," one wrote, while another said, "I am looking for a firing range. I just completed a gun safety class. This decision you have made tells me I need to frequent your range. thank you!" A third said, "Thank you for your integrity and transparency. Whitmer would be spinning this on MSM tonight if you didn't move the event. You guys at HVG have my respect and my business."
A statement from the Trump campaign announcing the event last Friday, read, "Eric Trump will share President Donald J. Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda with the American people."
We previously reported that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel informed that six people were charged federally with conspiracy to kidnap and seven other people, associated with the militia group ‘Wolverine Watchmen’, were charged by the state. In televised remarks on October 8 afternoon, Whitmer said, "Just last week, the President of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups. 'Stand back and stand by,' he told them. 'Stand back and stand by.' Hate groups heard the President's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight."
In response, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, "President Trump has continually condemned white supremacists and all forms of hate. Governor Whitmer is sowing division by making these outlandish allegations. America stands united against hate and in support of our federal law enforcement who stopped this plot."