Last year, more than a dozen men were arrested for their attempted plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. One of those guys was Barry Croft, a right-wing militia leader of the 3 Percenters group who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Croft’s arrest was particularly interesting because prosecutors (and eventually a judge) said he couldn’t be trusted to be released until his trial date, and that’s largely because he believed he had permission from God to commit murder.
The media is now trying to access his statements to that effect — and his lawyers are doing everything they can to prevent that from happening. They don’t want the world to know that — what was it again? — Croft thinks God gave him permission to murder someone.
The Detroit Free Press explains:
In a new court filing, prosecutors on Tuesday said they do not object to releasing evidence that convinced a judge to order that Croft remain jailed pending trial this October, concluding he was a danger to society and could not be trusted to be free on bond.
Croft’s lawyers want that alleged evidence — audio recordings, videos and photographs — to remain sealed, but multiple media outlets argue the public has the right to see and hear them.
According to the government, here is some of what Croft does not want the public to hear:
“Croft expounds in an excited tone about his intent to commit acts of terrorism, and claims God has granted him permission to violate His (God’s) commandments,” prosecutors state in court records. “In one particular passage, Croft explicitly states his intent to kidnap Gov. Whitmer — the primary offense with which he is charged.”
I don’t understand these Christian extremists. They spend all their time talking about God to the point where the rest of us can’t ignore them, but when God supposedly instructs them to do awful things, they want to keep that stuff private.
It’s up to the judge to decide whether releasing those tapes will taint a potential jury pool. She’ll make her decision later this month. But even if she says that evidence must remain sealed, we still know part of what’s being hidden from the public’s view.
It’s Croft’s admission that the Christian God told him to kidnap and murder someone.
I repeat: The God who said “Thou Shalt Not Kill” allegedly told Croft he could just ignore that rule for a bit — or, more accurately, Croft convinced himself that’s what God told him.
Is he lying? Deluded? Something else? I’d love to know what reason MAGA cultists use to dismiss that damning testimony.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)