Michigan State Senate Chief Mike Shirkey apologizes for calling Capitol Rebellion a hoax

“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.

Recordings of the January 6 uprising clearly indicate that many participants wore Donald Trump-themed clothes and filmed their actions themselves, and law enforcement officials detailed the various communication failures that contributed to the unfolding of the federal response.

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.

The Detroit Metro Times first reported Shirkey’s remarks.
In a statement Tuesday, Shirkey acknowledged that the videotape was legal and apologized for his comments.

“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.”

The remarks come as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for and prosecute dozens of people involved in the siege of the Capitol, which killed five people, including a Capitol police officer. More than 200 were charged on Tuesday afternoon.
Participants have so far come from a wide variety of states, and some have joined far-right groups. Active military personnel and veterans are overrepresented among the top 150 arrested and release their records for federal crimes of violence and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to an analysis from CNN’s Pentagon records and court proceedings.