Out Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg very politely slammed a Republican official who called him a “weak little girl” in a homophobic tweet earlier this week.
This past Sunday, Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock mocked Buttigieg, who is gay, by tweeting: “We’re so blessed this weak little girl moved to Michigan! Looks like he’s bringing all his California Dreaming here with him.” She then shared a clip of Buttigieg expressing support for electric cars.
Always one for a clapback, Buttigieg brought up his own daughter.
“If she wants to talk about little girls, Chasten and I are raising a little girl and a little boy. And we are raising them to have better values than the chairwoman,” Buttigieg said yesterday at a Detroit auto show. “The rest is politics.”
Maddock was called out as homophobic by Michigan Democrats.
“This is just very on brand for what Meshawn Maddock brings to the Michigan Republican Party,” said state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D). “I don’t know what the long game is here, to make fun of a gay public official.”
“The @migop chair chose today to raise homophobic and bigoted attacks against Michiganders,” State Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D) tweeted. “The bigotry, homophobia, and anti semitism is so ramped in their chosen leaders.”
Fox 2 News reached out to Maddock and asked for her response to those who called out her homophobic comments, but she has remained silent.
Maddock already has a reputation as an extremist in Michigan. She was one of 16 Michigan Republicans who pretended to be Michigan’s delegation in the Electoral College in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
President Joe Biden won the state by about 154,000 votes, but Maddock and her 15 colleagues entered the state capitol on the day that Michigan’s real presidential electors met in order to hold a fake convention of electors, which included Maddock’s husband, state Rep. Matt Maddock (R). They allegedly signed a fake document saying that they were the real electors and that Donald Trump had won the state and sent it to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The federal archivist rejected the document and notified out Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who said earlier this year that she referred the 16 alleged fake electors for federal prosecution.
“This is part of a much bigger conspiracy,” Nessel explained in January, saying that Republicans attempted to do the same in seven states in “what seems to be a coordinated effort between Republican parties.”