The Michigan Republican party has stripped one of their own of committee duties because he alluded to violence on Monday as electors meet to cast the state’s 16 electoral college votes for Joe Biden.
In a radio interview, Michigan state Rep. Gary Eisen hinted he was a part of a group that is going to try and disrupt the process.
Asked by a radio host whether he could assure that the meeting would remain safe and that “nobody is going to get hurt,” Eisen answered: “No I don’t know, because what we’re doing today is uncharted. It hasn’t been done. It’s not me doing it. It’s the Michigan party, Republican Party. I’m just here to witness.”
Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth said in a joint statement: “We as elected officials must be clear that violence has no place in our democratic process. We much be held to a higher standard. Because of that, Rep. Eisen has been removed from this committee assignments for the rest of the term.”
The Michigan state legislative buildings will close on Monday due to “credible threats have been made as Michigan’s electors to the Electoral College will meet at the Capitol,” State Rep. Kevin Hertel said.
There is increased concern about violence because Donald Trump has refused to accept the results of the election and has challenged the results in key Battleground states around the country including Michigan, all of which have failed.
Electors will be given police escorts Monday and one said she’s taking things further and will be wearing a bullet-proof vest, according to Click Detroit.