“These were not Trump people,” Shirkey said in a video of the January 6 riots in a restaurant.
“It was a scam from day one that was pre-arranged,” Shirkey said, claiming that the disruptors “went in with separate buses, and this was organized by everyone who financed everyone.”
“Why wasn’t security more ridiculous? It was ridiculous, it was all organized,” he continued before pointing out to conspiracy theories that the Republican leadership – including Senate minority Mitch McConnell – was somehow involved and questioned how and why some victims occurred or were recorded.
The recorded meeting with Shirkey took place on February 3 at Spangler’s Family Restaurant in Jonesville, Michigan, said Jon Smith, a Republican party secretary in Hillsdale County who told CNN he posted the video on his personal YouTube page. “I didn’t trust him to be honest with me and I wanted to expose his lies and I might need him to lead him to my own record,” Smith said of the reason for filming Shirkey.
“During a video chat, I said a few things that don’t fit the role I’m privileged to play,” he said. “It’s my property. I have a lot of flaws. Being at least two is passionate, sometimes coupled with a possible loss of language restriction.”
He continued, “I am sorry for the words I have chosen and I apologize for my insensitive comments.”