Following President Joe Biden seemingly calling for the imprisonment of political opponents who don’t follow his rules, the FBI raided the home of GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley Thursday and then arrested him.
“Look, I often get asked, well the Republicans don’t play it square. Why do you play it square? Well, guess, what? Well, if we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy.” Biden told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday.
“It’s like you’re playing Monopoly with somebody who won’t pass go or won’t follow any of the rules, and how do you ever make any progress if they’re not following the rules?” Kimmel disingenuously asked.
“You’ve got to send them to jail,” Biden shockingly stated.
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Biden promised to throw his political opponents in jail.
This morning, Biden’s FBI arrested a GOP candidate for governor in Michigan. https://t.co/azgKiPuiQk
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 9, 2022
Biden, "the great uniter" joked about sending his political opponents to jail tonight on Jimmy Kimmel.
Disgusting and impeachable.
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Josh Dunlap🇺🇲🇺🇲 ULTRA-MAGA (@JDunlap1974) June 9, 2022
Fast-forward to Thursday when FBI agents slapped cuffs on Kelley for participating in the January 6 protest after tossing his home in Allendale near Grand Rapids, according to ABC News.
Video footage appears to show FBI agents leading a man who resembled Kelley out to a gray SUV shortly before 9:30 am, according to Bridge Michigan.
ALERT: Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley is arrested in US Capitol breach case
Kelley is accused of gesturing crowd to move forward on the grounds on Jan 6
Charging docs detail his feature role in Nov 2020 Michigan "Stop the Steal rally" pic.twitter.com/4GfXV3L0Pe
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 9, 2022
This comes after a number of Republican candidates were actively blocked from being on the ballot in Michigan for allegedly submitting fraudulent nominating petition signatures.
FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider confirmed that the search and arrest took place on Thursday but would not comment further, according to Detroit News. Criminal charges are expected to be filed later on Thursday in federal court.
“At this time, I cannot provide any information on the nature of the charges against Mr. Kelley, although I expect additional information to be forthcoming,” Schneider said.
Kelley’s arrest may be front and center as Democrats televise a propaganda event Thursday night to vilify Republicans over the Jan. 6 event.
The Michigan Democratic Party prominently played footage in June 2021 of Kelley allegedly shouting on the Capitol steps, “Come on, let’s go! This is it! This is– this is war, baby!”
Kelley claims he did not enter the Capitol.
— Michigan Tea (@MichiganTea) June 28, 2021
The media is reporting that in January, Kelley told a crowd to unplug voting machines from the wall if “you see something you don’t like happening with the machine.” In response, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson haughtily informed him that tampering with ballot machines is illegal.
The GOP candidate is a real estate broker and the founder of the American Patriot Council according to filed campaign paperwork.
He held a pro-gun rally at the state capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders, according to Fox 2 News. His campaign bio also states that Kelley, exercising his Second Amendment rights, “guarded a Civil War Statue in his hometown of Allendale as it was threatened to be taken down by BLM and Antifa” during 2020 riots after George Floyd’s death.
Kelley is also one of five remaining GOP candidates left in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
NEW: Ryan Kelley, a GOP gubernatorial candidate in Michigan, has been arrested for conduct stemming from Jan. 6 pic.twitter.com/PSCisObl9z
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 9, 2022
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro was arrested at an airport recently for contempt of Congress in connection with the January 6 committee as well.
Former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon has also been in the Democrats’ sights during their inquisition over the protest at the Capitol.
Kelley is just the latest high-profile conservative to be made an example of as Democrats seek to persecute and prosecute Trump supporters and constitutionalists.
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