State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey again stoked controversy today when he refused to back off from questioning whether the January 6th US Capitol riot was real.

The exchange between Shirkey and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was captured on an open mic on the Senate rostrum.

   Shirkey defended his sentiments in this audio. 

“I don’t, frankly, take back any of the points I was trying to make. Some of the words I chose I would do different.”


…he told Gilchrist, and:

   “I don’t back off very easily and sometimes I should.”

Mike Shirkey photo
Associated Press

A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Tuesday after falsely claiming supporters of President Donald Trump were not involved in the deadly attack at the U.S. Capitol, having called it a “hoax.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey made the comments last Wednesday while meeting with leaders of the Hillsdale County GOP, according to a video posted on YouTube by a group called Reclaim Our American Republic. The remarks were first reported by the Detroit Metro Times.