“homophobic crazy”

Michigan GOP chair tries to take down Pete Buttigieg with homophobic tweet

Meshawn Maddock called Pete Buttigieg a
Meshawn Maddock (Photo: Twitter)

A Michigan GOP chair has prompted mass eye-rolling online with her attempts to shade Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Meshawn Maddock is the co-chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She’s also the wife of State Rep. Matt Maddock (R). She often adds the hashtag #UltraMAGA to her postings.


On Sunday, she posted a tweet in response to an interview Buttigieg gave in which he talked about California’s transition to electric vehicles. The state recently banned the production of gas vehicles after 2035.

Pete and his family recently moved to the Traverse City area, where husband Chasten is originally from.

“We’re so blessed this weak little girl moved to Michigan! Looks like he’s bringing all his California Dreaming here with him,” said Maddock.

Her tweet was met with instant scorn. Many highlighted the timing of her tweet.

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Michigan State Senator Jeremy Moss (D), who is also gay, was among those to respond.

“Homophobia is the most thought-out, detailed and consistent brand for the Michigan Republican Party — it has nothing else to offer. Congratulations to @CoChairMeshawn for shrinking your party for a generation to come! We couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson.”

State Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D), callled on Republicans “to stand up against this garbage” and to ask for Maddock’s “immediate removal.”

Lavora Barnes, chairwoman of the Michigan Democratic Party, was asked for a response by reporters yesterday. She said Democrats would use the tweet to raise funds and rally voters, “But I am not responding to homophobic crazy,” reports the Detroit News.

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