Mr. Eisen said that the Constitution gave legislators the right to stop the electors if the state’s results were not “up and up.” He complained that the security measures, put in place by leaders in his own party because of bomb threats, prevented pro-Trump legislators from entering the Capitol to protest the proceedings.
He said that he still planned to participate in an “event” organized by Republicans, but, when pressed, he declined to elaborate on what it would entail other than to say it would be “all over the news later on.”
When his interviewer, Paul Miller of WPHM in Port Huron, interrupted to call those plans “dangerous,” Mr. Eisen replied, “It is dangerous.”
Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives responded quickly after his comments were circulated widely on social media, citing the federal indictment of 13 far-right extremists for plots that included kidnapping Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and storming the State Capitol to protest coronavirus restrictions.
“We have been consistent in our position on issues of violence and intimidation in politics — it is never appropriate and never acceptable,” wrote Mr. Chatfield and Mr. Wentworth.
“We as elected officials must be clear that violence has no place in our democratic process. We must be held to a higher standard,” they added. “Because of that, Representative Eisen has been removed from his committee assignments for the rest of the term.”
Mr. Eisen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He currently serves as vice chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and serves as a member of the agriculture, local government and environmental committees.
Ms. Whitmer said the threat of violence was discouraging.
“I think that every person, whether they are a man or a woman, Republican or anyone Democrat, Yooper or downstater,” she said, using nicknames for people who live in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, “should be able to stand up and say we respect our institutions, even if we don’t like the result.”