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Michigan GOP lawmaker talks up potentially violent ‘Hail Mary’ effort to overturn election

“These are individuals who, in my opinion, have violated their oaths of office,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday. “They’ve chosen Donald Trump over democracy and over their constituents.”

But GOP Michigan lawmakers aren’t done yet, with some members of the party reportedly organizing an event Monday to challenge the Electoral College vote and promote GOP electors in a state Trump lost by a substantial margin of more than 150,000 votes. 

In a Monday morning radio interview with WPHM, GOP State Rep. Gary Eisen called it a “Hail Mary” effort, adding it would be “all over the news later” and he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence at the event.

Q: “Can you assure me that this is going to be a safe day in Lansing? Nobody’s going to get hurt?”

Eisen: “No. I don’t know. Because what we’re doing today is uncharted.”

Eisen has a history of  promoting violent civil unrest on social media, including one Facebook post over the summer in which he bragged that he was going to “load up a few more [gun] mags” as protests pulsed through the country.

Republican Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, and GOP Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth issued a statement Monday morning saying Eisen had been removed of his committee assignments for the rest of the term. “We as elected officials must be clear that violence has no place in our democratic process. We must be held to a higher standard,” said the statement.




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