Facebook group a magnet for Michigan right-wing extremists

January 11, 2020, 10:41 AM

An anti-Gretchen Whitmer Facebok group that devolved into a forum promoting violence against Detroit-area Democratic congresswomen and Muslims has been shut down following a story by Metro Times

The "People vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer" group reportedly had about 9,000 members, many of them conservative, and saw hundreds of comments per day. Its creator, a Charlie Gillett, acknowledged to Metro Times that the group had "spun out of control,” but initially said he hesitated to shut it because "then where would people be able to have their voices be heard?"

Here are some of the views reportedly expressed:

  • Of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13): “She needs a bullet between her eyes,” “set that bitch on fire,” “Die bitch,” “I wish someone would find this b**** in a dark alley,” and “Death to this bitch and her voters,” “I hope someone is waiting for her a few hundred yards away with a scope ready to make that pink mist spray from her skull.”

  • Of Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08): She “admits her full allegiance to Qassam Soleimani,” “should be burned and raped,” “Off with her head,” “She needs to be hung in the streets for treason.” 

  • In response to an event at the Iraqi Consulate in Southfield, where Muslims where gathering to mourn the "martyrs" killed in the drone strike that took out Iranian general Soliemani: “This is the type of shit they should shoot up instead of churches,” “You say what many of us think but bit our tongues lol,” “Burn them and their mosques!”, “Just kill them all”, “Fuck it blow them and Detroit up doesn’t bother me none if we loose them both.”

Disparaging comments were also made against the LGBTQ community and women.

At least one person was fired as a result of their comments after Metro Times alerted their employer.

Read more:  Metro Times

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