Hundreds of openly armed protesters descended on the Lansing building, falsely declaring a second victory for the president.
LANSING—On Thursday, Michigan’s Capitol was closed to lawmakers and their staff for approximately two hours due to a bomb threat.
The general public hasn’t been allowed inside the building for months, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan State Police said a man called the state Capitol facilities control center about 6:40 a.m. Thursday and “made a bomb threat” in a press release posted online.
The agency wrote that “out of an abundance of caution,” officers were sent to check and secure the building, after first closing it to lawmakers and staff.
“By 9 a.m., the MSP determined the building was safe, and staff were allowed to return,” the release read.
The threat remains under investigation and MSP says “every effort will be made to identify the person who made this threat and prosecute them to the fullest extent the law will allow.”
The Michigan State Capitol remains closed to the public today.
The temporary closure came one day after nearly 300 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday as a joint session of Congress convened in Washington, DC, to confirm the Electoral College vote won by President-elect Joe Biden.
The crowd turned out under overcast skies with temperatures in the 30s. Almost none wore masks as they listened to Trump speaking over loudspeakers to protesters gathered in Washington, DC., shortly before hundreds stormed the US Capitol to stop the certification of the election results.
Local news reports at least five Michiganders have been arrested in connection with the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.
Several people outside the Michigan Capitol open-carried holstered handguns and rifles. Some carried signs “TRUMP WON!! 2020” and “STOP THE STEAL,” which echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud.
The statehouse has been the scene of numerous protests the past year, some in support of Trump and others opposing measures taken by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The state Capitol was closed Wednesday. The Legislature was not in session.