Do the Malcontents Need a Third Political Party in America? Richard M. Perloff

Adam Fox, one of the defendants in Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s kidnapping case, in a courtroom drawing during an appearance on October 13, 2020 in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fox is the accused leader of a group accused of an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmore. His lawyers say he was the victim of an ambush. In a guest column today, Cleveland State University professor Richard M. Perloff views the Fox case as an example of someone losing their bearings in life, discouragement, and disaffection that he believed could be channeled more constructively if there were a third political party in America. (Jerry Lemenu via AP)PA

CLEVELAND — Adam Fox couldn’t catch a break. He struggled to find direction after graduating from high school, performed contract work for a vacuum cleaner repair shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, But that did not work. He blamed Democratic leaders for his fate. It was March 2020 and COVID-19 was getting worse.

He was furious with the government, especially Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, for his lockdown order. This is where it gets complicated. One opinion is that Fox formed a paramilitary group, bonded with like-minded guys from QAnon and the Proud Boys, plotted to kidnap Whitmer, got caught and was charged with conspiracy to possess weapons of mass destruction and federal firearms violations. The other point of view, his defense attorneysis that he was just acting tough, had no intention of kidnapping Whitmer, but was manipulated and framed by the FBI.

Comments are closed.