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The Michigan GOP Canceled an Election Night Watch Party After a Staff Member was reportedly threatened outside Lansing’s party headquarters.
Lansing police said officers went to the building on Tuesday morning in response to a complaint about a threat, but that the person who allegedly made the threat had not yet arrived. Officers will pay special attention to that area, police spokeswoman Jordan Gulkis said.
The employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told TBEN News that a man approached her in the parking lot and harassed her, threatening to burn down the building and enslave the women inside.
GOP spokesman Gus Portela told TBEN News that the party had faced death threats for years, but nothing quite like what happened Tuesday.
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“Our building received several threats from a bystander who not only verbally assaulted an old female staffer but also indicated that he intended to shoot up and set fire to the building,” Portela said.
He accused Democratic Party members of taking advantage of this incident and making fun of the situation, but noted that “this is the kind of politics they are planning these days”.
“Our party will not be deterred, and we will continue to work tirelessly for Republican policy despite ongoing threats,” he said. “No form of violence against women should ever be tolerated.”
The Michigan Republican Party said it had filed a police report with the Lansing Police Department. Police have not released any other information, including details about the threat and whether they were investigating or looking for a suspect.
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Portela said the Michigan GOP still planned to hold a Republican Unity event on Wednesday with heightened security.