Theis reacts to threat against governor, denounces hate groups

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis released the following statement on Thursday after Attorney General Dana Nessel and federal and state law enforcement agencies announced they thwarted a militia plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state government:

“There is absolutely no place for violence in American politics, even when we hold different political beliefs. A threat against the governor, or any elected official, is a threat against us all, and I strongly condemn the actions of the group of individuals who plotted against Gov. Whitmer and our state government.

“These people are accused of serious crimes, and if found guilty they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Only terrorists and those who want to upend the Constitution resort to violence, and we will not stand for it.

“I am extremely thankful to all our law enforcement agencies for their quick action to stop this extremely disturbing and dangerous plot, and I extend my prayers to the governor and her family for their continued safety.”