Michigan Senate GOP fundraises off Shirkey controversies as fight against ‘cancel culture’

    Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey | Nick Manes

    The Michigan Senate Republican Committee sent a fundraising email Feb. 24 claiming the party and members were being subjected to “cancel culture.” The letter, signed by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) alleges “The far-left groups want to ‘cancel’ us and you!”

    The far-left is targeting me, the Senate Republicans, and our supporters. They are sending dirty messages, pursuing me on social media, censuring us, and threatening our donors,” Shirkey alleges in the letter. “We WILL NOT be intimidated into silence.”

    The letter comes at a time Shirkey has been under withering criticism for a series of sexist comments about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claims that the Capitol Insurrection was a “hoax” and revelations he had been meeting with militia leaders. 

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    As the Michigan Advance previously reported, Shirkey came under fire when video of his comments to Hillsdale County Republican officials surfaced. In the video, Shirkey is heard saying Republicans “spanked” Whitmer on budget negotiations, COVID-19 restrictions and appointments, and contemplating a fistfight with Whitmer on the Capitol lawn. 

    In that same speech, Shirkey blamed the Jan. 6 Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on people who did not support former President Donald Trump and calling links to the president a “hoax.” He tried to walk back the comments in a written statement, but the next day told Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, he wasn’t really apologizing for the speech contents. 

    In January, Shirkey came under fire for an ever-shifting narrative over a meeting he had over the summer with militia leaders in his office. To date, he has not revealed which militia groups he met with nor whether or not any had connections to the accused militia members arrested by state and federal authorities on charges they intended to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and kill her. 

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    The entire Senate is up for reelection in 2022. Republicans have a four-seat majority with two vacancies. Shirkey has frequently been mentioned as a 2022 Republican challenger to Whitmer.

    Read the entire email:

    Have you been following the news? Have you seen example after example of the “cancel culture” we are living with?

    The far-left is targeting me, the Senate Republicans, and our supporters.  They are sending dirty messages, pursuing me on social media, censuring us, and threatening our donors. We WILL NOT be intimidated into silence.

    Cancel culture is wrong. The far-left groups want to “cancel” us and you! We will not be bullied for fighting for our conservative values and standing strong. Unfortunately, we expect these attacks to continue or even escalate.

    Stand with us to FIGHT BACK against radical-left groups targeting unwavering conservative leaders. It is important for true conservatives to stand united and focus on maintaining a Senate Republican Majority in the 2022 election cycle.    

    Will you donate $22 to the Senate Republican Caucus?  $22 may not seem like a lot, but if every Conservative does their part — including you — we can continue to make history with a strong, conversative, majority!

    PLEASE do not let the Radical Left pull ahead this early on. If we do, we may NEVER be able to catch up…Your action is more urgent than ever. Are you in?

    Sincerely, 

    Mike Shirkey

    Senate Majority Leader

    Michigan Senate Republicans

    Todd A. Heywood
    Todd Heywood is an award-winning journalist with over 30 years of experience. He's worked in print, online, radio and television. His reporting has been cited by the U.S. House of Representatives as well as in the United Nations reports on HIV. He's an avid vintage Star Wars collector and lives in Lansing with his three dogs.