Michigan GOP chair calls top Democratic women 'witches' and quips about assassination of Republican congressmen

周五,密歇根州共和党主席面临迅速反弹,要求发表评论,他称该州三名最重要的民主党妇女 “女巫” 并开玩笑 “暗杀” as a way to rid the state of two Republican congressman who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Ron Weiser said in a tweet later Friday 他 “should have chosen my words more carefully,” but the state party chairman stopped short of apologizing for what he calledoff-the-cuff comments” 后 video obtained and first reported by The Detroit News showed him making the comments at a local Republican club meeting Thursday night.
Video obtained by the newspaper shows Weiser fielding questions from the crowd about how to get Republican Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer out of office and cut off party donations to the two US congressmen, who voted in February to charge Trump with incitement of insurrection. 在视频中, Weiser says that the only way to change leadership is to “出去投票。”
    He also tells an audience member that the GOP is focused on winning 2022 races andfocused on the three witchesin an apparent reference to Michigan Gov. 格雷琴·惠特默, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Bensonall three Democratic women up for reelection next year.
      At another point during the event, Weiser says the GOP’sjob now is to soften up those three witches and make sure that when we have good candidates to run against them, that they are ready for the burning at the stake.
        在视频中, a woman in the crowd argues that Republicans can’t winwhen we don’t have our own leadership that has our back.
        “夫人, other than assassination, I have no other way other than voting out,” Weiser replies, prompting some laughter from the crowd. “You people have to go out there and support their opponents. You have to do what you need to get out the vote in those areas. That’s how you beat people.
          Weiser in his Friday tweet said that his remarks were being taken out of context. “While I should have chosen my words more carefully, anyone who knows me understands I would never advocate for violence,” 他说, adding that he’s spoken with Upton and Meijer.
          CNN has reached out to Upton and Meijer, as well as to Weiser for additional comment.
          Ted Goodman, a spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, told CNN in a statement that Weiser was beingvery clear that it is up to the voters to determine the nominees of the Republican Party, and to suggest anything else is dishonest and irresponsible.Goodman also pointed out that Weiser had personally donated to all Republican congressmen in Michigan.
          But Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes Weiser’s commentsnot only sexist, but markedly dangerous,” and Whitmer press secretary Bobby Leddy condemned them, saying thatgiven the dramatic increase in death threats against Michigan elected officials during the Trump Administration, this type of rhetoric is destructive and downright dangerous.
          We saw this firsthand when Republican legislators met with the very militias that tried to kidnap and kill the governor, and when Republican party leaders helped organize the January 6th protest at the U.S. 国会大厦,” Leddy said in a statement to CNN.
          Leddy added, “As the governor has said repeatedly, it’s time for people of good will on both sides of the aisle to bring down the heat and reject this kind of divisive rhetoric.
          Whitmer on Twitter Friday also posted a photo of her with the bookThe Witches Are Coming,” with the quote from author Lindy West: “For a long time, a certain set of men have called women like me ‘witchesto silence and discredit us.
          Nessel responded with a tweet that included an edited photo of herself, Benson and Whitmer with witch hats, 说, “Witches who magically decrease Covid spread, increase voter turnout and hold sexual predators accountable without any help from the legislature? Sign me up for that coven. Do better, Michigan GOP.
          后来添加 that asa gay, Jewish woman, I have long since learned to respond to hateful rhetoric with humor. But as a prosecutor, I know these remarks are certain to inspire further death threats which will eventually be acted upon.
          And Benson wrote on Twitter, “Thinking of all the young women leaders out there who aspire to serve and hold public office, hearing this hateful rhetoric in the headlines (和) feeling discouraged, deterred, or dismissed.
          My message: Keep leading. The world needs your voice, your service, (和) your courage,” 她补充说.
          Weiser’s comments also prompted calls for his resignation from the University of Michigan’s board of regents.
          Jordan Acker, a Democrat who serves with Weiser on the board, said that he should resign and that hisreckless and dangerous language does not reflect the values of our Board and our Institution.
            Comments about removal by ‘assassinationare a literal attack on our Democracy, and are incredibly dangerous in light of the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. And the FBI-thwarted attacks on our Governor,” Acker 在推特上写道 星期五. Whitmer was the target of a kidnapping plot 去年.
            Weiser has said he does not intend to resign from the board of regents.

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