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Governor Gretchen spoke today after news broke that 13 men had been charged for allegedly plotting to kidnap her.

The governor thanked law enforcement officers and FBI agents who thwarted the attempted kidnapping.

"I want to start by saying thank you to law enforcement. Thank you to the fearless FBI agents. And thank you to the brave Michigan State Police troopers who participated in this operation – acting under the leadership of Col. Joe Gasper," the governor said. As a mom with two teenage daughters and three stepsons, my husband and I are eternally grateful to everyone who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our family safe.

She then went on to once again thank frontline workers for their service during 2020 and all Michigan residents.

"2020 has been a hard year for all of us. Hard for our doctors and nurses. Truck drivers and grocery store workers. It’s been hard for teachers and students and parents. Hard for those who have had to stay isolated to stay safe. And it’s not over yet," said Whitmer. "But here’s what I know: we are Michiganders. We have grit. We have heart. And we are tough as hell."

Whitmer went on to say that the biggest enemy we all face is still COVID-19.

"We made it through the Great Recession.

We made it through auto bankruptcies.

We made it through floods and polar vortexes.

But none of us has faced a challenge like COVID-19. Not in our lifetimes.

I’ve said it many times – we are not one another’s enemy. This virus is our enemy. And this enemy is relentless. It doesn’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. Young or old. Rich or poor.

It doesn’t care if we’re tired of it."

Watch the governor's response in the video player below.


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