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Michigan GOP lawmaker wants to declare Jan. 6 as ‘Remembrance Day’

By: - June 21, 2022 5:46 pm

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC during the insurrection. | Brent Stirton/Getty Images

State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) introduced a resolution on Tuesday that would declare Jan. 6 as “Remembrance Day,” claiming it should be recognized “for the heinous and tyrannical actions levied on society by an unhinged and politically motivated ruling elite seeking compliance and subversion from the American people.”

The Michigan Republican, who has repeatedly pushed lies about the 2020 election and who former President Donald Trump endorsed before redistricting ended Carra’s bid for Congress, sponsored the resolution on the same day the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol heard testimony about Trump’s attempts to persuade state officials – including in Michigan – to subvert democracy and overturn the 2020 election. 

The committee heard recorded testimony from a number of Michigan officials, including Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s (R-Clarklake) statements concerning a White House meeting weeks after the November 2020 election in which he and then-House Speaker Lee Chatfield met with Trump. The meeting came as the Trump campaign was actively pushing to overturn results in key states like Michigan, which President Joe Biden won.

Shirkey and Chatfield said it was to discuss COVID-19 assistance for the state, but tweets by Trump following the meeting focused on his continuing lie about “massive and unprecedented fraud” in the election. Hundreds of audits and numerous court cases have all verified the outcome of the election.

Rep. Steve Carra

Carra’s resolution attempts to paint the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection as the culmination of an “erosion of our constitutional republic (that) has been drastic in the past two years,” including parents being “intimidated and prevented from participating in their children’s education as critical race theory, sexual perversion, and social justice indoctrination infiltrated our public schools.”

Carra further claims that racism “was on life support until it was revived by the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement that burned down cities around our nation,” and that the FBI “was found responsible for orchestrating and entrapping individuals in a plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan; and…improperly raided gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley’s house over 500 days after Jan. 6 on misdemeanor charges.”

Kelley, who was arrested by the FBI at his Allendale Township home earlier this month, is charged with four misdemeanor counts related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including knowingly engaging physical violence against person or property in restricted building or grounds. He was identified by several witnesses in photos from the attack, among them a law enforcement officer from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Carra characterizes the Jan. 6 rioters as “a few rogue and malicious agitators,” and that the damage done that day was the result of “a small fraction of passionate individuals from the crowd in attendance for the rally who got caught up in the moment.”

In addition to more than $2.7 million in damage being done to the Capitol complex, at least 138 police officers suffered injuries in the attack, ranging from bruises and lacerations to concussions, rib fractures and chemical burns. There have also been at least four suicides of officers who responded to the attack that day. 

Carra’s resolution then concludes by demanding that “all elected officials wittingly complicit in the misinformation scheme resign and apologize for the disgrace they have been to our country.”

The resolution was referred to the House Rules and Competitiveness Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Township). However, because Lilly is resigning his seat at the end of the month for a lobbyist position, the future of the resolution remains up in the air.

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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.