Michigan Republicans canceled a primary watch party in Lansing on Tuesday after a woman said she received threats at party headquarters.
“This week, Michigan GOPs have faced multiple death threats, which escalated earlier today when our building received multiple threats from a passerby who not only verbally assaulted a longtime female staffer, but also indicated that he planned to shoot the building and burn it.” said Gustavo Portella, deputy chief of staff and communications director for the Michigan Republican Party.
“It’s sad that members of the opposite party get it and joke about the situation, but that’s the kind of politics they’re playing now a days.”
Mr. Portela added: “Our party will not be deterred and we will continue to work tirelessly for Republican policies despite continued threats. No type of violence against women should ever be tolerated.”
According to Lansing police, officers went to the building Tuesday morning in response to a threat report, but the person who allegedly made the threat was no longer there.
Police spokesman Jordan Gulkis said officers will be paying close attention to the area, the Associated Press reported.
Mr Portella said the accused had previously been outside the headquarters taking pictures, CBS News reported.
He added that the Michigan GOP still plans to hold a Republican unity event on Wednesday with increased security.
Later Tuesday, Tudor Dixon won the Republican primary for Michigan governor and will face Gretchen Whitmer, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
The businesswoman and conservative commentator was endorsed by former President Donald Trump last week.
Michigan is also one of the states where subpoenas have been issued to “bogus voters” who filed documents saying Trump, not President Joe Biden, won the state’s 2020 election.