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Mike Shirkey criticized by Democrats over recent false claims


Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is being criticized by Democrats over recent false claims. Earlier this month, Shirkey – a Republican – called the riot at the US Capitol a “hoax” perpetrated by anti-Trump forces. Yesterday (TUE), Shirkey repeated a common right-wing conspiracy theory that dead people voted in the November election.

The Michigan Democratic Party has called for Shirkey to resign.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich blasted Shirkey in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.

“I can't believe I have to say this in 2021," said Ananich. "But it seems like I do. The earth is round the moon landing Israel. And on January 6 of this year a violent insurrection against America happened and the words actions and money. A foreign President Trump fueled it. And you know, dead people didn't vote.”

State Republicans have stayed quiet and have not condemned, or come out in support of Shirkey.