Sen. Hollier wants his resolution condemning Capitol coup to earn unanimous support

By: - January 12, 2021 7:46 am

A member of the mob bashes in a windy of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday | Alex Kent

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) said Monday that he intends to introduce a resolution that condemns an attempted coup of American government by a mob of pro-President Trump insurrectionists — and he’s seeking unanimous support from his colleagues.

The attack last Wednesday has resulted in several deaths, including a Capitol police officer. Hollier’s measure emphatically demands that there is no place for further undermining the results of the November 2020 election.

Now-President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump by earning 7 million more votes and scoring a 306 to 232 electoral vote victory.  

“What happened in Washington, D.C., last week was nothing short of sedition and the actions by anyone who helped take part in that day, whether by disseminating misinformation and conspiracy theories or encouraging people to revolt, should be condemned by every single elected official,” Hollier said through a statement. “Leaders around the country must be unanimous in saying these terrorists who broke the law were not patriots and they need to be held responsible for their criminal actions.”

In a joint session of Congress Wednesday, House and Senate members were meeting to certify the election of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The process was interrupted by right-wing insurrectionists who tried to take control of the U.S. Capitol Building following a speech from Trump urging them to march there. The mob destroyed property and injured Capitol police. 

Five people were killed, including one police officer, Brian Sicknick.

Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) was in D.C. and his wife, Michigan GOP co-chair candidate Meshawn Maddock, organized buses from Michigan to the event.

Michigan Republican lawmakers have held multiple hearings on unfounded allegations of electoral fraud that were bounced from court following the November election and many repeatedly refused to answer media questions if Biden won. 

Following the election, several pro-Trump rallies were organized at the Michigan Capitol and in Detroit, where GOP activists falsely claimed had voting irregularities.The bipartisan Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified election results on Nov. 23. 

Some GOP lawmakers — Maddock, Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland Twp.) and Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) — sought to disrupt the Dec. 14 Electoral College vote in Michigan and submit an illegal slate of GOP electors. Earlier that day, Rep. Gary Eisen (R-Port Huron) said he couldn’t rule out violence at the event and was stripped of his committee assignments for the last weeks of the term. He ultimately didn’t attend.

On Jan. 4, 11 Michigan Senate Republicans sent a letter to Congress asking the House and Senate to examine allegations of election fraud: Sens. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp.), Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.), Dale Zorn (R-Ida), Lana Theis (R-Brighton), Kevin Daley (R-Lum), Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington), Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Jim Runestad (R-White Lake).

In addition, 11 GOP Michigan House members also challenged election results: Maddock, Rendon, Reilly, Eisen and Reps. Julie Alexander (R-Hanover), Ken Borton (R-Gaylord), Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers), Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), Beth Griffin (R-Mattawan), Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville), Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) and Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.).

“The phrase ‘election fraud’ is a dog whistle and code for finding ways that the votes cast by minorities in cities like Detroit can be tossed,” Hollier said. “The Republican-led investigation into Black and Brown votes is racially motivated and nothing less, and these committee oversight hearings need to stop. In the United States, we count every single vote, and this continued assault on our democracy — because they can’t accept the fact that their candidate lost — is shameful.” 

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit.