A Republican congressman from Michigan is facing a fierce backlash by members of his own party after suggesting on Monday that he and others planned to use violence to disrupt the Electoral College vote at the state Capitol in Lansing and prevent President-elect Joe Biden from being certified.
According to The Hill, State Rep. Gary Eisen said in a radio interview that he and others plan to disrupt or upend the Electoral College vote at the state Capitol on Monday afternoon.
Eisen did not specify what the plans entailed, but said that “it’ll be all over the news later on” and alluded to the potential for violence surrounding the Electoral College meeting on Monday.
Asked by a radio host whether he could assure that the meeting would remain safe and that “nobody is going to get hurt,” Eisen offered a disturbing answer.
“No,” Eisen said bluntly. “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.”
Top Republicans in the Michigan legislature responded by removing Eisen from his committee assignments, The Hill reports.