An intruder attempted to scale a cliff near Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s official summer residence on Mackinac Island in August, according to a statement from her office. The incident took place on August 26 and the individual was apprehended by the governor’s security detail. No arrests were made. The governor’s chief of staff, JoAnne Huls, emphasized the seriousness of the situation, citing the recent plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Whitmer and ongoing threats to governors in other states. The Michigan State Police confirmed that the individual was detained and questioned in a restricted area of the governor’s property. They are monitoring the situation to understand the individual’s intentions and any connections to previous or ongoing threats against government officials.
This incident comes three years after 14 members of a militia group were charged in connection with a plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer from her summer residence on Mackinac Island. The plot stemmed from the group’s discontent with COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the governor. Nine members were convicted, while five were cleared. The last trial related to the plot concluded last month with three men being acquitted. The incident highlights the issue of threats of violence against politicians.