A Republican from Michigan had to show remorse after criticizing political rivals for their recollection of the Capitol siege in Washington.
State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has apologized for questioning the Democratic Party’s narrative on how extreme rioters allegedly stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
“I said some things in a videoed conversation that are not fitting for the role I am privileged to serve, I own that [and] I have many flaws,” he said in a statement.
Shirkey believes he was wrong to exercise his First Amendment right to call the siege a staged event that was politically motivated by the former president’s critics.
“Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them,” he said. “I regret the words I chose, and I apologize for my insensitive comments.”
The remarks came less than a week after the senator appeared on a YouTube interview with Hillsdale County Republican Party officials about the Capitol rioters.
He revealed practically none of the extreme protesters seemed to be part of the peaceful group attending the March to Save America Rally at Ellipse Park.
“That has been a big hoax from day one [and] that was all prearranged,” he can be heard saying in the video. “They went in on separate buses—I mean—that was all arranged by somebody that was funding them all.”
He also questioned why then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other officials allowed such a poor building security and law enforcement presence on the day.
“Why wasn’t there more security there?” he said. “Mitch McConnell was a part of it, he is the one that is part of the decision-making how much security they have on stand. I think they wanted to have a mess … they had a boss that approved this.”
These factors led Shirkey to conclude the entire Capitol siege was simply an act.
“It was ridiculous, it was all staged,” he said.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and his Democrat impeachment managers were recently caught manipulating Donald Trump’s address to the rally.
An investigative report found important parts of President Trump’s speech were edited out from a video recording and presented to the Senate impeachment trial as evidence that allegedly supports the incitement of insurrection charge.
The speech clearly omitted his plea for supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
“The video shows Trump saying, ‘We are going to walk down, and I will be there with you, we are going to walk down … to the Capitol,'” Breitbart journalist Kristina Wong said.
“The video then cuts to supporters yelling, ‘Let’s take the Capitol!’ and ‘We are going to the Capitol!’ It then cuts to people trying to get past fence barriers, and then to an earlier part of Trump’s speech where he said in regard to his fight against the election results, ‘We fight like hell.’”
The video ends with various violent confrontations between police officers and extreme rioters who repeatedly chant “Fight for Trump.”
However, a full transcript of the speech obtained by the Washington Post reveals President Trump actually asked supporters to act peacefully and within the law.
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated,” he said.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for the integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country—our country; our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period.”