At a press conference Friday morning, Major Paul Rogers said elements of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard operation have been activated to state active duty to help protect people, facilities and key infrastructure in Lansing.
Moves to ban weapons at the statehouse have been pushed since April, when protesters opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions, some armed with long rifles and other weapons, entered the Michigan State Capitol.
Michigan’s largest county reversed course and unanimously certified its presidential election results Tuesday night after Republicans first blocked the move in a party-line vote that threatened to temporarily stall official approval of Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state.
The message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.was that Republicans should concede the presidential election was won by Biden and immediately return to negotiations on COVID relief.