Michigan GOP Rep. Gary Eisen removed from committee after comments on Electoral College disruption

‘Violence has no place in our democratic process,’ statement reads

Gary Eisen (Michigan House Republicans)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Gary Eisen has been removed from his committee assignments for the rest of the term after he made comments during a radio interview on Monday.

During the interview Eisen mentioned an event and when pressed further on it he said, “it’ll be all over the news later on.”

“There’s going to be violence. There’s going to be protests. And they asked me if I was going to assist today ... And how could I not?” Eisen said.

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Eisen was asked, “Can you assure me that this is going to be a safe day in Lansing, nobody is going to get hurt?”

Eisen said, “No.” And then said, “I don’t know because what we’re doing today is uncharted. It hasn’t been done. And it’s not me doing it. It’s the Michigan Republican Party. I’m just here to witness. ... Showing that I support what they’re doing.”

Michigan State House, Senate and Capitol buildings were closed Monday as the Electoral College meets.

Press Secretary Amber McCann said Sunday night the closure was due to recommendations from law enforcement who reported credible threats of violence.

READ: Michigan Electors to be given police escort to Lansing Capitol Building for vote

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth released a statement on the comments Rep. Gary Eisen made during the radio interview and announced that Eisen had been removed from his committee assignments.

We have been consistent in our position on issues of violence and intimidation in politics – it is never appropriate and never acceptable. That is true of threats or suggestions of violence against Gov. Whitmer, Secretary Benson, Rep. Johnson and others on the Oversight committee, Republicans, Democrats, and members of the Electoral College. That applies to threats made toward public officials, and it must also apply when the public officials open the door to violent behavior and refuse to condemn it. We must do better.

We as elected officials must be clear that violence has no place in our democratic process. We must be held to a higher standard. Because of that, Rep. Eisen has been removed from his committee assignments for the rest of the term.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth

Eisen today a statement around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

I regret the confusion over my comments this morning, and I want to assure everyone that those of us who are supporting an alternative slate of electors intend to do so peacefully and legally. I wanted to attend today’s event to help prevent violence, not promote it. I no longer plan to go to the Capitol with that group today.

My comments were meant to reflect that while our group intends to be peaceful, I did not feel I could speak for other groups. Apparently some people are making credible threats of violence today, and I am glad local law enforcement is on the scene preventing any such action and keeping everyone safe. Our group, who will also be at the Capitol today to request to be seated as electors, intends to participate in our democracy peacefully. We are all concerned about safety today and hopeful for a safe, legal and clear process at the Capitol.

Rep. Gary Eisen

READ: Michigan State House and Senate offices close Monday during Electoral College vote

Michigan Legislative buildings closed due to 'credible threats of violence.'

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