The top Republican in the Michigan Senate referred to the violent uprising of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6 as a “kamu” at a meeting with county party leaders, a video of the interaction shows.
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“It was a scam from day one,” Shirkey said, then added that what had happened was “all sorted out,” suggesting that Senator Mitch McConnell and other leaders “want to cause a mess.”
The recording lasts more than an hour, and Shirkey shows that he is arguing with members of the Hillsdale County Republic Party about the party’s misguided uncertainty between ordering food and drink. He discussed frequently used explicit and a wide range of issues with the group, from election results to support for an open carry ban at the Michigan Capitol.
In another part of the conversation, Shirkey noted that he was considering inviting Governor Gretchen Whitmer to “fist fight on the lawn of the Capitol” and “spanked” on a number of issues.
“We saved a lot on the budget, we did a lot on the meetings,” he said.
Connected: Hillsdale Republicans criticize Senator Mike Shirkey for deviating from “conservative values”
The recording was shot by Hillsdale County Republican Party Secretary Jon Smith, who confirmed to MLive reporter that he had recorded the video.
Daren Wiseley, the Republican party president for Hillsdale County, declined to comment on whether he agreed with Shirkey’s position that it turned out to be fake in Washington, but said he was surprised by his remarks.
“I was surprised that Shirkey openly said it was fake news,” Wiseley said. “It doesn’t really seem like a position he would have held.
Shirkey quoted his office in a statement issued Tuesday night as apologizing for the remarks, noting that “he has many flaws,” including “passionate and occasionally falling for language restrictions.”
“In a video chat, I said a few things that don’t fit the role I can serve in my privilege,” the statement said. “I’m sorry for the words I chose and I apologize for my insensitive comments.”
Donna Laskinsi, the House’s Democratic leader at D-Scio, said the remarks raise questions about Shirkey’s leadership skills.
“We would expect such comments from the leader of a QAnon chat group or local militia – not the majority leader of the Michigan Senate,” he said in a statement. “The ‘fake’ claim of the U.S. Capitol Uprising is a slap in the face to law enforcement that day, as well as the dead and injured.”
The Hillsdale County Republican Party board voted 14–5 in a no-confidence vote on Thursday, Feb. 4. Shirkey, who is in Jackson, Hillsdale and Branch counties, was said to have failed to curb Whitmer’s coronavirus. related measures that close businesses and fail to do so in support of conservative values such as the rights of the Second Amendment.
A vote of no confidence is an expression of formal rejection in the legislature. The largely symbolic gesture comes from a county known for its conservatism and nearby Hillsdale College.
During a recorded meeting with members of the county party, Shirkey told the group, “I don’t give like ***” about the census, and repressed some criticism of the record.
He told Hillsdale Republican officials that if they continued with an “extreme” strategy, the party’s rural supporters would suffer in future elections.
“If we don’t change, our vote in 15 years won’t matter,” he said
Smith previously told MLive that his local party could create a recall vote if Shirkey continues to behave in a way that local Republicans say is outside the party’s values. Shirkey will not be able to run for Senate re-election in 2022 due to deadlines.
Watch the full video below: