The Michigan GOP chairman apologizes for comments on the assassination attempt and calls the best Democratic women “three witches”.
ANN ARBOR, MI – Ron Weiser, Michigan Republican Party Chairman and Regent of the University of Michigan, apologized Saturday for comments on Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Weiser called the women “three witches” and said the GOP must ensure that “they are ready to be burned at the stake” during an event for the North Oakland Republic Club on Thursday March 26th. His comments were shared in a video through social media.
“In an increasingly critical political environment, we should all get along better with one another, including myself. I couldn’t do that the other night. I apologize to those I have offended for the frivolous analogy about three women elected officials and the spontaneous comments made about two other leaders, ”he said in part.
Weiser also had the idea of assassinating Republican representatives Peter Meijer and Fred Upton for voting against President Donald Trump.
In the apology, Weiser said that he “never stood up for violence and never will”.
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Michigan Democratic Party and University of Michigan regents Mark Bernstein and Jordan Acker, both Democrats, said the comments were sexist and urged Weiser to step down. The Michigan Daily reports that two other Democratic regents, Mike Behm and Paul Brown, would also urge Weiser to resign.
Weiser was elected to the Council of Regency in 2016 and his term of office ends in 2025.
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel issued a statement Saturday condemning the remarks.
“Such words are particularly abhorrent in a climate where recent language use has led to violence and attempted violence against elected officials, our democratic institutions and the people who guard them,” said Schlissel’s written statement . “It is never appropriate to raise the specter of an assassination attempt or to perpetuate misogynistic stereotypes against anyone in any setting. Elected officials must adhere to a higher standard regardless of the context in which they speak. “
Weiser faced pressure in January to resign from faculty at the University of Michigan and from students who cited his “complicity” in the January 6th violence in the US Capitol.
Weiser tweeted on Friday that he would not resign.
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