Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) is scrambling to do damage control after crude and offensive remarks he made about Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Capitol insurrection came to light this week.
Shirkey has opposed Whitmer’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and supports the same right-wing militias that plotted to kidnap Whitmer last summer and possibly execute her.
During what appears to have been a casual meeting earlier this month to discuss censuring Whitmer, Shirkey was videotaped as he bragged about obstructing Whitmer’s effort to protect the public health of Michigan residents using sexualized language.
“We’ve spanked her hard on the budget,” he said. “Spanked her hard on appointments.”
He also fantasized about physically assaulting Whitmer.
“I did contemplate, once or twice, I did contemplate inviting her to a fistfight on the Capitol lawn,” he said.
His remarks are disgusting and inappropriate. But that’s not all. Shirkey also claimed that the Capitol insurrection on January 6th was a “hoax” and that the insurrectionists were not Trump supporters.
Here’s video of his full remarks via YouTube:
Countless video footage of the Capitol insurrection that day prove without a shadow of a doubt that Trump supporters committed acts of domestic terrorism in a scheme to overthrow democracy and install Trump as a dictator. It’s indisputable. That’s why Trump is being impeached again and it’s why hundreds of the participants have been arrested and charged.
Shirkey is irresponsible for denying the facts of the insurrection, and he should be especially ashamed of his remarks about Whitmer, which he blamed on “being passionate” in a pathetic apology.
“I have many flaws,” he said. “Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them. I regret the words I chose, and I apologize for my insensitive comments.”
Shirkey is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and the state of Michigan. He should resign immediately.
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