DETROIT – Michigan’s top Republican called the Capitol a riot on Jan. 6, resulting in five deaths, including a Capitol police officer, a fake, in a video posted on YouTube last week. It wasn’t fake.
Michigan GOP Senate Chief Mike Shirkey appears in a February 3 video from the “ROAR (Reclaim Our American Republic)” group, where he makes several false allegations. The video appears to show how Shirkey met with officials from the Hillsdale County Republican Party a day before the county voted for Shirkey’s censorship. The video shows the group eating in a restaurant. It was first reported by the Metro Times.
In the more than an hour-long video, Hillsdale officials and Shirkey appear to be reviewing a list of issues between the two parties. Shirkey makes several allegations about provably false events.
Shirkey was asked what the official at one of the tables thought of “that DC thing.”
“It wasn’t Trump’s man,” Shirkey falsely claimed. “It was fake – from day one.” All this was arranged in advance. Shirkey also falsely suggested that then-majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, be involved.
Of course, this is not true. Dozens of uprisings have been charged with federal crimes after being found on video, wearing Trump-party materials and shouting while the U.S. Capitol was stormed on January 6th. The riots took place immediately after President Trump’s speech, where supporters were called to see the Capitol. Trump has been indicted for “encouraging an uprising” and is currently on trial for the second time in the U.S. Senate.
Shirkey issued a statement apologizing for the comments, but did not admit that his allegations were false:
“During a video chat, I said a few things that don’t fit the role I’m privileged to serve. It’s me. I have a lot of mistakes. At least two if you are passionate and occasionally suffer from language retention. I am sorry for the words I have chosen and I apologize for my insensitive comments. “
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The reported video is directly from the The New York Times published an article detailing Shirkey’s involvement with Michigan militias, who held armed protests at the Michigan Capitol last year over COVID-19 restrictions.
During the Capitol riots in January, Shirkey told the NYT, “People felt oppressed and depressed and responded that they thought the government had just stolen their lives from them. And I don’t support and I don’t support their actions, but I understand where they come from. “
The Michigan Democratic Party has called on Shirkey to resign because of the NYT report:
“The Michigan Republican Party, led by Mike Shirkey, embraced right-wing extremists with open arms, including members of the armed militia who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.” Lavora Barnes, President of the Democratic Party of Michigan said. “Mike Shirkey met these men behind closed doors, talked about their rallies, and helped fund efforts to combat the governor’s efforts to keep Michigander safe during a global health epidemic. For all these reasons, Mike Shirkey has to go out. I urge you to resign immediately. “
FILE – In this January 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters take part in a demonstration in Washington. According to an AP records review, members of President Donald Trumps ’failed campaign played a key role in the Washington protest that sparked a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. (AP photo / John Minchillo)
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