Meshawn Maddock, the co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, sent out a homophobic tweet about U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday.
Maddoch, whose Twitter account also lists her position with Women for Trump, called Buttigieg a “weak little girl” in a retweet of a GOP comment about his support of California’s electric car mandate.
LGBTQ activists condemned the tweet.
“The rhetoric around LGBTQ+ rights has grown increasingly hateful. It’s terrifying to see increased homo and transphobia in statements made by leaders and stakeholders in positions of power,” said Erin Knott, executive director of Equality Michigan.
“Not since the days of Anita Bryant have we seen such craven attempts to build political power by targeting and demonizing LGBTQ+ people. Equality Michigan is committed to educating and protecting the LGBTQ+ community. Together, with our allies, we will do all that we can to fight back against those who would do us harm,”
“The Human Rights Campaign strongly condemns Meshawn Maddock for her outwardly homophobic comment about Secretary Buttigieg,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “Secretary Buttigieg has committed his life to serving our country, from being an officer in the U.S. military to the Mayor of South Bend, and now as a member of the U.S. Cabinet. Maddock’s hateful rhetoric only further stigmatizes and endangers LGBTQ+ youth here in Michigan and across the country – youth that are already facing the weight of discrimination and isolation. People like her have no place in Michigan.”
Twitter wasn’t kind either.
MAGA Karen who shills for a senile Florida Retiree that stole nuclear secrets, is also a proud homophobic bigot. The Trump Cult has only the “best people.“— ZoëbethC-MeidasMightyⓂ️Ⓜ️👑🇺🇦 (@Meidas_ZobethC) September 13, 2022
Secretary Buttigieg needs no defense from the likes of you, but I’d wager he’s done about a million times more for the USA than you have. Take your bigotry back to the bad old days. They’re long gone. pic.twitter.com/UjnupCT5OE— Jennifer M.🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@JenniferYA255) September 11, 2022
There’s only one reason you called this person a weak little girl and it’s homophobia— joeycolorado (@trumpcrazyaf) September 11, 2022
I’m sorry, but you’re an official for @MIGOP? And you talk like this? Do you have any sense of professionalism?— Jake Evans (@JakeEvansGR) September 11, 2022
It’s 9/11 and you decided to launch a homophobic attack against a veteran who has served this country in ways you never will? Disgusting. You are so unfit to lead anything and the condition of the MIGOP shows it.— Ellie_Cabbot (@CabbotEllie) September 11, 2022