LANSING, Mich., Jan. 13, 2021 — State Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) penned a letter to Michigan Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) today, calling on him to refuse to seat members that have used inflammatory language to encourage armed extremists, including those who laid siege to the U.S. Capitol last week in an attempt to reject and overturn the results of the free and fair November election. In the wake of this national tragedy, many of these members have also refused calls to condemn this insurrectionist violence and none have taken responsibility for the role their words and “dog whistles” may have played in inciting the deadly assault.


“These members of the House of Representatives are guilty of supporting the terrorist acts of President Donald Trump and I object to these members being seated in the House of Representatives,” said Johnson in the letter. “Their support of treason and the murder of law enforcement members in Washington, D.C. is reprehensible.”


Despite calls for the same from many Democrats, including Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp), Speaker Wentworth allowed all members to participate in today’s session, the first of the 101st Legislature


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