MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The Muskegon County Republican Executive Committee released a statement overnight Wednesday disavowing Rep. Peter Meijer, saying Meijer “violated the Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution” and violated the Second Amendment.
Rep. Meijer has faced backlash from the Republican party throughout his career. In their decision, the Muskegon GOP specifically mentioned Meijer's voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, saying he did so "without evidence."
The committee also said that Meijer "violated the Second Amendment" by supporting Congress’ recent "Red Flag" gun control measures.
“The Muskegon County Republican Executive Committee will uphold the Constitution, conservative values that the Republican Party Platform is based on and those candidates and elected representatives that also adhere to the aforementioned,” the committee explained in the statement.
It goes on to say that Meijer has been disavowed by the committee moving forward. The committee also said they will support John Gibbs, who is endorsed by former president Donald Trump, for Congress.
The resolution was unanimously approved by the committee.
The bipartisan gun control legislation Meijer supported, known as the Safer Communities Act, would support crisis intervention centers, protect victims of domestic violence and work to prevent community violence. In addition, the bills would penalize "straw purchasing", require additional background checks on people under 21 attempting to buy a gun and ensure firearms dealers are adhering to federal laws.
Rep. Meijer responded to the resolution with the following statement:
"Throughout my campaign for re-election, I have spent a lot of time in Muskegon introducing myself and running on my record as a proven conservative who fights for our values and gets results. My conversations with voters in and around Muskegon have been positive. I look forward to continuing these important face-to-face interactions on the campaign trail, and I am grateful for the strong support I have received so far."
A spokesperson for Meijer added "In our experience on the ground talking with voters, the views of members of the Muskegon GOP do not accurately represent those of most Republicans in Muskegon, and this action is not surprising. Several weeks ago, the Muskegon GOP Party Chair referenced killing Congressman Meijer. Stooping death threats to make a point dishonors the party of Lincoln and Reagan and serves as a dangerous distraction from stopping President Biden’s ruinous policies."
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