Michigan GOP co-chair sends homophobic tweet about Buttigieg

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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.

Buttigieg and his husband recently moved to Michigan. An Afghan War veteran, he is the highest ranking out LGBTQ person in the Biden administration and the first out gay cabinet secretary.

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.