Michigan’s Republican Senate Leader Mike Shirkey was caught on video calling the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol a “hoax” and embracing other conspiracy theories related to the insurrection.
In a meeting with Hillsdale County Republican Party officials, of which video has been posted on Youtube, Skirkey said of the attack, “It was all staged.”
Skirkey accuses Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of being involved, saying McConnell “is part of the decision-making how much security they have on stand. I think they wanted to have a mess.”
He goes on to say that the attack was “a hoax from day one” and that it “wasn’t Trump people.”
Later in the video, he also makes disparaging comments towards Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At one point, he says he “contemplated inviting her to a fistfight on the Capitol lawn.”
Shirkey has since released a statement saying he regretted the words he chose and his “insensitive comments.”
“I said some things in a videoed conversation that are not fitting for the role I am privileged to serve. I own that. I have many flaws,” Shirkey said. “Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them.”
The remarks come as the FBI and other Department of Justice law enforcement agencies continue to track down and prosecute dozens of those involved in the siege of the Capitol that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.
Michigan Senate leader Mike Shirkey at a meeting w/ Hillsdale Republicans:
Question: “what about the DC thing? (Referencing the Capitol riots)
Shirkey: “that wasn’t Trump people. That’s been a hoax from day 1 it was all prearranged” pic.twitter.com/Be7dllJLXn
— Poli Alert (@polialertcom) February 10, 2021