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Vermont governor: Michigan plot shows 'words matter'

Posted at 7:52 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 19:52:48-04

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the alleged plot foiled by law enforcement to kidnap his Michigan counterpart shows why everyone needs to find a way to heal the “deep divisions in our country.”

Scott began his regular press briefing Friday by saying that elected officials across the country, “but especially at the top, must realize that words matter.”

On Thursday authorities announced that they foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a scheme that involved months of planning.

Whitmer has been praised for her response to the coronavirus but also sharply criticized by Republican lawmakers and people in conservative areas of the state.