Incoming Michigan GOP leader: My co-chair didn’t ‘incite’ pro-Trump riots

Meshawn Maddock, second from right, has organized protests against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown and is a national board member of Women for Trump. She’s shown here with her arm around her husband, state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford,  at a Michigan Conservative Coalition event last year. (Bridge file photo by Jonathan Oosting)

LANSING — For the Michigan Republican Party, life after President Donald Trump may look a lot like life under Trump, according to activists and experts who expect him to remain a power broker in politics for years to come.

While Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox, a Trump loyalist, announced this week she is not seeking re-election, her presumed successor Ron Weiser has placated the Trump base by teaming with conservative activist Meshawn Maddock, who is poised to become party co-chair next month barring any last-minute changes.


Maddock is a vocal figure in the "stop the steal" movement alleging Trump won the election and organized buses to Washington, D.C. this week for a massive rally where some Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent siege.

"There's no question that until Trump makes an announcement about [whether he'll run again in 2024,] he is the titular head of the Republican Party, both in Michigan and nationally," said Michigan strategist Dennis Lennox, who has called for Maddock to withdraw as the presumed state co-chair because of her organizing efforts for the U.S. Capitol protest. 

Weiser is standing by Maddock, a national advisory board member for the Women for Trump group who spoke at a Tuesday rally in Washington, D.C. with her husband state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford.

That was a day before the riots, and Weiser said Maddock was “in a hotel room watching it from a window” when the chaos ensued.

“I don’t believe she was part of it. I don’t believe she incited it,” Weiser told Bridge Michigan in a brief phone interview Thursday.

Asked if Trump bears blame for Wednesday’s violent mob — which some Michigan Republicans like former U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop have done — Weiser demurred. 

"I don't know," said Weiser, a real estate magnate and former U.S. ambassador to Slovakia who now serves as a University of Michigan regent.

I didn't read any of that stuff, and I didn't watch television. I watched Michigan destroy Minnesota in basketball, and that kind of contest is something that I strongly support."

The game started about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than five hours after the House and Senate chambers were evacuated amid reported of gunfire inside the Capitol, where police say one woman was fatally shot and three others died from other causes.

State Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, and his wife, Meshawn, were videotaped on a conservative website giving speeches Tuesday to supporters of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot)

The 800-pound gorilla

Trump will have a lasting imprint on the party, for better or worse, according to party insiders, some of whom fear the Trump brand is growing toxic because of his refusal to accept his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, fomenting outrage that culminated in his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

While Michigan Republicans retained control of the state Legislature and congressional seats in the 2020 election, the party's electoral record under Trump has been far from successful: Democrats now control all top statewide offices and flipped the Michigan Supreme Court.  

Nationally, Republicans lost control of the U.S. House in 2018, lost the White House in 2020 and this week lost their majority in the Senate after Democrats knocked off two Trump-backed incumbents in Georgia's runoff elections.

While the 2022 midterm would typically benefit the party out of power, Michigan GOP insiders have yet to coalesce around a candidate to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and top-tier recruits have opted out, including former U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, who is now Macomb County’s public works commissioner.

"Trump is the 800-pound gorilla in the room," said John Sellek, a Republican consultant with Harbor Strategic who worked on GOP nominee Bill Schuette's 2018 gubernatorial campaign. 

The president's attempts to undermine an election he lost appeared to be "aimed at avoiding admitting he lost and leaving him in a position to still control the party based on the grievance that it was taken from him," Sellek said. "Regardless of if he runs again [in 2024,] so much of that rhetoric appeared to be to position him to still be the de facto in charge of the party."

Trump lost Michigan by 154,188 votes, but he improved on his 2016 vote totals in Detroit.

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If there was any momentum for the GOP in Michigan's largest city, however, the president may have squandered it with his efforts to invalidate Detroit ballots amid unsubstantiated fraud claims and corruption, said Republican activist Wayne Bradley. 

"The worst thing is that it feels like some people feel like their votes are being disenfranchised," said Bradley, former ethnic vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party, who has spent years recruiting Black voters.

"I don't like to see that. I don't want people to feel that way. It’s over." 

State party takeover

Weiser, a GOP donor who amassed a fortune in the real estate industry, is an establishment figure poised to take over the state party for a third time. 

He made no public comment this week as Trump supporters stormed Congress but told Bridge Michigan he condemns the violence. 

“I support peaceful protests … and I condemn anybody who condones violence,” Weiser said. 

In a brief phone interview just one day after Cox dropped out of the race, making him and Maddock the presumptive party leaders, Weiser declined to discuss his plans to reshape the Michigan GOP, noting that when “Biden won the election, he took weeks to name his cabinet and figure out what his policies were.”

In a Thursday morning statement, Trump committed to a peaceful transition of power, “and therefore the 2020 elections are over,” Weiser said in a follow-up text message to Bridge. “It is time for Republicans to rest, regroup, and focus on defeating the Democrats in 2022." 

Facing a potential fight with Cox, Weiser had appealed directly to Trump supporters by teaming with Maddock, who rose from the tea party ranks to become a major force in Michigan politics and last spring organized a massive state Capitol rally against Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown.

She spoke at a Trump rally on Tuesday and posted video footage of an activist gathering on Wednesday morning in which a man was heard saying “we need to march to the Capitol when we’re done here and drag these people out of power.”

Maddock did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment on this story, but she condemned the violent riots in a Thursday tweet, saying the protest was “supposed to be a peaceful event.”

Maddock has established herself as an unapologetic firebrand who has described political compromise as weakness.

“I feel like it’s time for conservatives to start using the same tactics that the left has used for a long time, and I don’t want to be passive about it anymore,” Maddock, who is a leader of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Bridge last year. 

“I’m really not interested in bipartisan or reaching-across-the-aisle politics. The world is divided right now, and I’m OK with it, because the truth is, I feel like I’m on the right side.”

The Weiser-Maddock pairing has divided grassroots activists. 

Former Republican National Committee member Dave Agema of Grandville, for instance, has accused Weiser of offering Maddock cash to join him in the party takeover. 

He called Weiser a “member of the deep swamp" who has "eliminated true conservatives for those that take his orders."

Other GOP activists, like Wes Nakagiri of Hartland Township, see Weiser and Maddock as a "great combination" that could coalesce various party factions. 

"We need grassroots activists, we need organization, and Meshawn has proved to me that she can mobilize people and she can bring enthusiasm," said Nakagiri, a onetime tea party leader who now chairs the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. 

"But we also need funding, and Ron Weiser brings that experience and that success."

Weiser is well-known and respected in Republican circles, but his decision to team with Maddock shows "poor judgement," said Greg McNeilly, a GOP strategist with ties to the powerful DeVos family of West Michigan.

"Meshawn has a history and legacy of irresponsible speech that immediately makes her not a credible candidate for future chairmanship or leadership in the party," McNeilly said. 

"So aligning yourself with people like that I think is a mistake."

No room for never Trumpers

Maddock is among many once-fringe activists who have worked their way into the upper echelons of the Michigan Republican Party under Trump. She now serves as chair of the chair of the 11th Congressional District Republican Party that represents parts of western Oakland and Wayne counties.  

In the neighboring 13th District, GOP Chair Dave Dudenhoefer has spent weeks echoing the president's false claims of a "rigged election by spineless members of the political elite." 

"If inaugurated," Biden "will become a #FakePresident unacceptable to tens of millions," Dudenhoefer tweeted Thursday morning, a day after Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, clashed with police and delayed the Electoral College vote count affirming Biden's win. 

"The revolt is just getting started,” he said. 

In what was widely seen as a sign of the Michigan GOP’s fealty to Trump, Cox last year lambasted former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican who has called the president the “divider-in-chief” and endorsed Biden. 

Cox, the outgoing chair, lashed out at Snyder for the endorsement, going so far as to call the party's most recent governor "Mr. Irrelevant” as Trump excoriated the former governor on Twitter, blaming him for the Flint water contamination crisis. 

"It wasn't surprising," Snyder told Bridge in November as Trump was pressuring officials to overturn his election loss.

"In many cases it's the party of Trump today. And so I would expect them to be espousing a Trump-oriented attitude towards anyone who opposes them. I'm still a proud Republican. And I think we need more proud Republicans to stand up and say, it's not the party of Trump. Long term, historically, and we need to get back to it representing the values that it was created for."

But there’s still little room inside the Michigan GOP for vocal Trump critics, said Jeff Timmer, the party's former executive director who last year joined the Lincoln Project effort to oust Trump. 

He said he hopes that "sanity" will eventually prevail and is looking toward 2022 primaries to see whether GOP candidates can win by running on the Trump brand. 

“Nothing will change in the next four years,” Timmer said."Trump will run a shadow presidency, because he has control of the megaphone and the Republican apparatus. He's not going to give that up. And so the only thing that's going to change after Jan. 20 is where he watches TV and where he tweets from." 

Trump has already put his hands on the levers of the party, endorsing Michigander Ronna McDaniel to continue running the Republican National Committee, a post the incumbent would typically vacate after a presidential election loss.  

Locally, some Michigan Republicans are urging McDaniel to run for governor instead and challenge Whitmer in 2022.

"The RNC controls a lot of what state parties do,” Timmer said, “and so if Ronna is re-elected it would signal an iron-hand control by Trump of the RNC, and therefore continued ironclad control of the Michigan GOP.”

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Thu, 01/07/2021 - 3:47pm

All of them are scum of the earth traitors!

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:38am

Yes, starting with their cult leader! If you want to stop them, stop supporting the businesses that finance them. Don't be unwittingly complicit to sedition. There should be similar lists for local companies.

Boycott Trump: Companies to Avoid

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 4:06pm

Agree with Maddock's politics or not, the fact is she's a liar. She said the gathering in Washington was “supposed to be a peaceful event." But she posted video of an activist saying “we need to...drag these people out of power." She didn't accompany that with a statement like "don't do that." Her purpose was to encourage that kind of violence.

I call BS
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:48am

Trump called the attack and incited the crowd that followed his directions. If it was supposed to be peaceful, why were there pipe-bombs and molotov cocktails? Why did Giuliani urge "trial by combat"? How many of the fugitive terrorists on the FBI search list have returned to Michigan? How many are being harbored by hotels in DC or with people in Michigan? How many need to still be identified? Helps that they didn't wear masks.

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:43am

Yeah, plus if they had peaceful intentions, why did they have baseball bats, zip-ties, and a hanging gallows? If you don't want impeachment, tell Trump to resign now. Unhinged dangerous Trump makes Nixon look like an altar boy.

leonard page
Thu, 01/07/2021 - 4:10pm

i think she's the perfect symbol for the trump republican party of michigan.. trump called for the wild protest on the day congress was scheduled to count the electoral college votes. he spoke to the rioters and asked them to march to the capitol. for at least two weeks, the internet has been filed with trumpster/white nationalist/ nazi plans to carry concealed guns and stop congress . just another trump syncophant and enabler sieg heil!

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 7:29pm

Enough. Game over. All Republicans are traitors today. If you identify yourself as a member of that party after yesterday’s terrorist assault on democracy and the sick, spineless performance of racist lawmakers who STILL tried to disenfranchise millions of voters after a Trump-endorsed attempted coup, you are not fit for civilized company. It’s time to shame ALL members of the GOP. Either leave the party or be outed as Nazis. Period. Harsh? Damn right.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:51am

They paraded the terrorist Confederate flag in our Capitol, replaced American flags with Trump flags, the very symbol of sedition. Time to ban the Confederate flag and Trump flags once and for all. Of course it will hurt China's economy, but so be it.

Not a comment
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 2:56am

They aren't allowed when right wingers riot, create insurrection, sedition, treason and try to over throw the United States.
They are allowed to call protestors looters and pillagers and commies.
That is not both sides.
Please stop offering the comment section if you aren't going to allow both sides.

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 4:31pm

Listen to the esteemed former member of congress from MI, try to explain himself. Is this what we have to allow so that we can be non-partisan? Don't call out the lies.........that would make you rude. What happened to the people who like to make examples out of bad behavior so they set an example for everyone else how not to act? What happened to the people who talk about tough love?

We have to allow them to comment and foment everytime a lefty does something they can take out of context and call a crime, but we censor dems when they tell the truth.

The press should check their non. Their partisan has been showing for years. Too bad it took righties trying to overthrow an election and State and Federal Capital buildings , a threat to our Governor and legislators and the Federal legislators to have it come out.

Can we start calling out the people who are really dividing us now, instead of reporting that there needs to be a debate to see if the moon is made of cheese because a few people want to look into that?

Lawn order
Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:57am

Non partisans. Why can't we tell everyone that the head of the Manson family has been in prison for almost 50 years, not for hurting anyone, but telling his family to do it for him?

Hit to close to this womans situation? What is it this party always says? If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime?

Or are we going to sweep this all under the rug? That rug is starting to hit the bottom of the table you know? Time to buy a bigger rug huh?

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 8:43am

This is not the party of Bill Milliken, Connie Binsfield nor even Rick Snyder. The MI GOP is not what it should be. Any "leader" still supporting Trump should be ignored...or better yet...shunned!

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:14am

All of the Trumpers who went to Washington knew exactly what they were there to do because they were led there by criminals. They were there to create trouble, not peaceful protest. It was one big white trash brawl and nothing to do with honor or faith in democracy.

All GOP complicit
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:53am

Helen, I don't know, but it is definitely the party of Shirkey and Chatfield! They respond with "thoughts and prayers", again.

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:46am

The 99% of the GOP holding office does not have a backbone or a moral compass.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:01am

If you don't think she had a part in inciting the riot, please read about her own words/actions quoted in the Freep article today:
"On Wednesday, she tweeted that those in attendance at the rally at the Ellipse, which turned violent when Trump supporters stormed past police and occupied the Capitol, were “the most incredible crowd and sea of people I've ever walked with.” " "She posted a video from the rally to Instagram in which a man in the crowd can be heard shouting: “We need to Her text message quoted in the article," " “As a leader for Republicans in Michigan, I'm going to stand shoulder to shoulder with Americans that know voter fraud is real,” she said in a text message. “Voters no longer trust the system and we want people prosecuted. Now is not the time for summer soldiers and sunshine Patriots, now is the time for brave men to do the right thing.”

Posting a video advocating for people to be "dragged out." Asserting fraud where there is no evidence (60+ court cases later). The "brave men" and "incredible crowd" sure did the "right thing." s/ This is the Republican party. And it is disgusting and shameful.

Sorry, but
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:56am

Rose, you can't convince cult members or addicts. Intervention is the only solution. They literally abhor, ignore the truth. They turn on their own families and seek out others who share their illnesses.

Thomas Gray
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:09am

The event at the Capitol was treasonous and sedition, period. All who were party to it need to be prosecuted and have their day in court from the POTUS to Senators and Congressmen who continue to publicly promote lies about the election down to the State organizers to all of the participants.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:01am

How generous, given they erected gallows at the site of the siege in Washington DC. These terrorists who seek to intimidate and hurt with symbols of violence are the same people who walked side by sides with those storming the Michigan Capitol and left with impunity and then sought to kidnap and "try" our duly elected governor. What they perceive as "normal" is in fact completely clinically deranged. Trump ordered "Liberate Michigan" from "that woman".

Justice ASAP
Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:49am

Thomas, I agree, not only to punish them for their crimes, but to set a precedent to warn those currently planning to do more domestic terrorism.

TL Mischler
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:16am

Well, let's see: first we have Ms. Maddock:

“I feel like it’s time for conservatives to start using the same tactics that the left has used for a long time, and I don’t want to be passive about it anymore,” Maddock, who is a leader of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Bridge last year.

“I’m really not interested in bipartisan or reaching-across-the-aisle politics. The world is divided right now, and I’m OK with it, because the truth is, I feel like I’m on the right side.”

Then we have Roxane Gay, NY Times editorial writer, who penned this in today's editorial:

"In the coming weeks, we’ll undoubtedly hear the argument that now is the time for centrism and compromise and bipartisan efforts. That argument is wrong. There is no compromise with politicians who amass power, hoard it, and refuse to relinquish it when the democratic process does not work in their favor. There is no compromise with politicians who create a set of conditions that allow a coup attempt to take place, resulting in four deaths, countless injuries, and irreparable damage to the country both domestically and internationally. These people do not care about working with their colleagues on the other side of the proverbial aisle. They have an agenda, and whenever they are in power, they execute that agenda with precision and discipline. And they do so unapologetically.

It’s time for Democrats to use their power in the same way and legislate without worrying about how Republican voters or politicians will respond."

So it appears to me that we have loud voices on both sides of the aisle saying, essentially, "I'm right, you're wrong, and we have to do it my way, period!"

Now, let me ask a simple question here: does anyone seriously think this is going to be the best way for this country to move forward?

Mike Watza
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:35am

In order for our always fragile Democracy to revive, strengthen and survive these next few years, post failed coup, it must hold those who sought to bring it down, accountable. As such, the republican party must be formally outlawed, just as Germany outlawed the NAZI Party Post WW II. The parallels are unmistakable and the justification clear. We must lear from Germany's experience and not wait for a global apocalypse to occur as a result of these hate mongers treachery. Just as the Nazi Party was guilty of supporting leadership that incited insurrection and treason against Democratic governance, so has the Republican Party. As part of this declaration, all current party members must be banned from public office for life and leadership and direct collaborators tried, along with trump for inciting insurrection and treason and punished accordingly.
Our Democracy will not survive in the face of those advocating its violent overthrow and the Republican Party has become that very instrument of terror.

Bob Dunn
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:42am

All the people who are supporters of trump's cult should resign. You have sold out our state and tried to destroy our Constitution. You are traitors to our country and state.
Hopefully, a new party emerges out of this disaster.

Just sayin'
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:14am

...and face the full force of the LAW.

Dwight W. Mayo
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:47pm

A new party? A party of selfless, servant-leaders that work to improve life, liberty and the pursuit of prosperity for all! Can we start this party in Michigan by electing an 'Independent' candidate to become governor in 2022?
What a fine example for other states to follow and it would be one of the greatest reform steps since the Emancipation Proclamation for our very DIVERSE, freedom-loving nation.

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:14am

Naw, I love BIG GRETCH!

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:47am

Remember that these republicans tried to over turn OUR votes and backed trumps supporters that attacked OUR capital only the second time in OUR history did an enemy attack OUR capital!!! All republicans are traitors to the USA!!!!

George Hagenauer
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:49am

Knowing some Republicans , I would say that Trumpism is a major reason thinking Republicans voted for a number of Democratic candidates this year. If the Democrats place this right with real rural organizing and an agenda Trump could have a major negative effect on the Republican party. Of course the chances that the Democrats will play it right is a total crap shoot!

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:23am

We just have to correct the gerrymandering nightmare and bring back jobs, broadband internet, clean environment, and the middle class, that was invented in Michigan. Then the "Michigan Militia" will disappear and Michigan will be beautiful. As goes Michigan, so goes the nation. We can be a model for the world.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 9:54am

Maddock is an enemy of democracy and therefore an enemy of this country. As far back as Plato, educated people has predicted democracy will fail. Why? It depends on shared values; compromise; working together for a common purpose: the very things Maddock says she will NOT do. Wake up people. This is not Republican/Democrat, this is autocracy. This kind of thinking will destroy this country.

David Frye
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:00am

The Michigan GOP and Michigan GOP politicians have allied themselves with the racist seditionists who ransacked our nation's capitol this week. Not a one of them deserves a place in government, now or ever. Out with them all.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:07am

If the GOP would advance ideas and policies that are acceptable to citizens instead of their corporate masters, they would not have to resort to dis-enfranchisement tactics and whining about voter irregularities.

Love emoji
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:24am


Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:17am

Our country has never been more vulnerable.

Yet since the terrorist siege on our US Capitol, GOP leaders have gone AWOL instead of taking responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Rather than act, Chao and DeVos resigned.

The following officials have also resigned, with less than two weeks left in the Trump administration:

Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff to the first lady

Sarah Matthews, deputy press secretary

Rickie Niceta, White House social secretary

Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security advisor

Mick Mulvaney, special envoy to Northern Ireland

John Costello, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for intelligence and security

Tyler Goodspeed, CEA Acting Chairman

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for mental health and substance use

Anthony Ruggiero, NSC senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense

Ryan Tully, NSC senior director for European and Russian affairs

Captain Mark Vandroff, NSC senior director for defense policy and strategy

Five FAA officials, all political appointees: Arjun Garg, chief counsel and current acting deputy FAA Administrator; Brianna Manzelli, assistant administrator for communications; Kirk Shaffer, assistant administrator for airports; Bailey Edwards, assistant administrator for policy, international affairs and environment; and Andrew Giacini, acting administrator for legislative affairs


So who is replacing them? Who is in charge surrounding this unhinged president, people with Q-Anon background?

Pence has to go too. He is in charge of Covid task force and the US is failing on that front more than any other country because both he and Trump have been AWOL.

Russians hacked our computer security.

Trump supporters broke in and stole documents from the Capitol, just like Watergate.

We are facing an national crisis.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 10:31am

Trump is done regardless of what this article says and same with his supporters. His "megaphone" is being taken away from him and his own enablers are turning on him out of fear of association with what happened at the Capitol. He's scared for the first time in his life and he should should all who supported him.

Stop emboldening 45
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:12am

For four years progressives have been told to try to understand why people support Trump. Well when the hell are we going to expect Trump supporters to try to understand the majority of Americans? It's time for Republicans to impeach Trump or convince him to resign ASAP, the way they did with Nixon. You will never win again by just trying to appease the tiny Trump base.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:18am

Of course its never their fault... that's their usual M.O. Its always the Anti-fas, the bogey man of their dreams, or the Democrats socialist. It's never their own fault if they encourages/instigate such things like rioting in the Government building, carrying bombs and guns and such. They have lost their minds if they think they can get a pass and still call themselves angels with their halos still shining bright. They are complicit and responsible for their words and actions, both directly and indirectly. Shame on them!

Dwight W. Mayo
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:42am

Really! A supposed, privileged servant-leader from one side of aisle could not read in their 'tea leaves' that the/their pompous, selfish hypocritical leader and his delusional allies, were using them like puppets to overrun a Congressional certification of a free and fair election with historic turnout and high, court-proven integrity by "We the People". All this in order to keep his capitalistic oligarch in power of the USA.
Our democratic-republic will continue to improve providing "Liberty and Justice For All" when we have federal term-limits and 'DOD' payroll/benefits system for D.C. employees in all three branches of government; national election day as a national holiday; 'national ballot initiative' that limits filibuster on important issues; and reformation of our NON-PROFIT education, health and judicial systems!!

We the People
Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:53am

Elections are term limits. America said, "Trump, you're fired!" I hate term limits and would have loved to elect Obama six or seven more times.

GOP Tell the TRUTH
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:55am

Romney said it best, tell the truth: "Stop the Steal" is based on LIES!

So unless you stop the lies and the Trump crimes, you are allowing him to regroup and attack again, and again, and again. America will become a country where we have to live our daily lives with domestic terrorists.

GOP Tell the TRUTH, STOP the "Stop the Steal" LIES.

jan d
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:01pm

Does the actions of a few, in comparison to the number of protesters, reflect what this rally was all about? Why are you so desperate to shut down the idea that there was election fraud. All I see is the the word debunked, nothing to substantiate the claim. If there wasn't any fraud, let the audits happen and settle the issue. This is a great chance for the left to pound on how bad the Trump supporters are as evidenced by the posts today. The "unbiased" Bridge article is riddled with terms derogatory to the Republicans. If we hadn't bought into "summer of love", "mostly peaceful protests" while stealing, burning and rioting going on, if we hadn't ignored Harris's comment that "this will continue past the election, and it should", maybe what happened Wednesday wouldn't have come to what it was. The members of Congress didn't care last summer because it wasn't in their playpen. All the bad things that happened last summer and Wednesday's events are shameful and make us weak as a country. This jumping on the bandwagon of "it's all Trump and his supporters fault" doesn't make it any better.

middle of the mit
Fri, 01/08/2021 - 2:43pm


Not only does it eclipse it, it is a whole different type of game. People in the streets are protesting for their rights to be respected just like those that trashed the Capital. The difference? If one black person did what those people did they would have been shot. Yes, I understand their was a a woman shot in this situation also. The difference? Eric Garner was choked to death for selling loosie cigarettes and "not complying" with police. What did your side say? Comply with the police and that won't happen.

There is the video. It's not graphic and what is is blurred out. Could you tell me if they are complying with the police? The police in the end step aside and let them continue to break the glass and door, while members of congress were still evacuating.

Here is the difference. These people killed a police officer by beating him in the head with a fire extinguisher. What do you think they would have done if they got a hold of some or a lot of congress members? What would have happened to Government leadership?

That isn't a peaceful protest gone wrong, that is a coup.

And could someone tell me why the cops were pepperspraying protestors and not the looters?

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 3:08pm

There wasn't meaningful election fraud. Trump asked the Republican leaders in Georgia to overturn their election due to "fraud." But in Georgia, members of both parties recounted every paper ballot by hand, DEBUNKING accusations that voting machines changed votes and other accusations of fraud. Georgia's Republican governor and secretary of state stand by their election results.
Recounts in Milwaukee and other locations also didn't work out for Trump. Trump's election team took claims of fraud to court. Federal judges (many appointed by Trump) thew out those claims as baseless. Michigan's Republic legislature resisted calls to overturn the election.
The claims of fraud have been aired in many states and courts and have not withstood scrutiny. This is what debunked means and how it is substantiated. By all means, audit election results and processes. It will not change anything. Results will not be found to be incorrect, and nobody's mind will be changed either.

I call BS
Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:55am

If you think there was election fraud after the failed lawsuits, something is really wrong with you, in a Machiavellian way.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:24pm

"....Weiser demurred. "

All of Trump's enablers have demurred. From Weisser, to Barr, to McConnell, to McCarthy, to DeVos to ad infinitum. Faced with his obvious insanity, his countless moral transgressions, all apparent from day one, they demurred in a Faustian bargain to promote their own self serving agendas. And most of them continue to though they know Trump is only interested in promoting his own glory because he is a pathological narcissist. The end result is what occurred in the capitol. His enablers are complicit.

Last laugh
Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:57am

Trump demands loyalty yet has no loyalty to them. He will destroy them. LMAO

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 1:27pm

Trump will not attend inauguration. Is that a dog whistle to his supporters to attack the Capitol again?

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 1:29pm

Isn't Donald Trump the GOP party leader?

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 1:50pm

I have always voted independent, never for any party. I would choose who I voted for by doing my own research and picking the person I felt most closely aligned with my own beliefs and values, until 2020. I am 67 and have voted in every election since I turned 18 and in 2020, for the first time I voted straight Democrat. I am so disgusted with the cowardly way the Republican party has placated and excused even the most inexcusable behavior exhibited by Trump before and since he became President and it only escalated after he clearly lost! They have, with few exceptions, enabled his insane ploys to remain in power until the mob overcame the Capital at his, his son's, and his mouthpiece's request. And make no mistake Trump and his cronies enjoyed the havoc and chaos they envolked at that riot. It was only after the ceremonial vote was finished, and all false hope was lost to Trump, did Trump sound almost Presidencial and half heartedly admit "a new Administration" (note, he still could not say Biden) would assume office on the 20th. Too little, too late. Those of you who had Trump's back up to that moment you realized it all had gone too far,- You obviously are trying to save yourself from the recriminations rightfully heading toward Trump. Where was your disgust in November when he started whining about "stolen elections" even before final counts were made? Why are you so shocked by the incursion of the Capital by a Trump mob? You all are to blame for backing this despot for so long and worrying about your poll numbers instead of what is right. And if you honestly thought he was ever right, then you obviously have a moral compass that need some work. In the future, I will never trust or vote for a Republican until I research them and their relationships with Trump and his lackeys. And I will be certain to share any and all information I find so that, in the future, Trumps "friends" will not be given the opportunity to continue to do his bidding in the disguise of working for Michigan or America.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 2:05pm

In his book The Tipping Point -How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell talks about how something has gone on for a long time without much change, when some small action causes major change in society. I believe that this country is at the tipping point. For quite a few years, older politicians on both sides of the aisle have held onto their equally old ideas. Now all of a sudden, new players in both the government and the people are reaching a mass where it is their different ideas that will be in play. For a decade or so this will be one wild rollercoaster of a ride, but it will definitely be different.

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:00pm

Not really, it will just be Democrats in charge, from dog catcher to president, and life will be good. See the previous post. People will vote straight Democratic ticket because they are finally woke to the GOP lies and hypocrisy.

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 5:20pm

Maybe Ron Weiser should watch something other than Michigan basketball if he seriously wants to be co-chair of the Republican Party in Michigan. With Meshawn Maddock and Ronna McDaniel in their respective positions the GOP will remain the party of Trump, not a party for anyone interested in the future or unity of our country and democracy.

Republicans Nuts
Tue, 01/12/2021 - 1:51am

I think Trump should resign from the presidency and get hired by the Lions. Then the Lions will start to win because he says so.

A Yooper
Sat, 01/09/2021 - 9:41am

God what a disgusting bunch of power mongers.
What souls they had have been sold to the lowest of bidders.

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 2:00am

This publication is certainly showing it's true colors these days as a radical, left wing rag.

Lawn order
Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:51am

If this was a left wing rag, they would have no problem posting that the head of a famous man in Cali has been in jail for things he asked others to do for him in the summer of 1969.

They still won't.

Go worship at the alter of alternative facts. You know, FOX, OANN News Max.

Beverly Keenan
Sun, 01/10/2021 - 6:45am

If Weiser is so disinterested in a historic electoral vote that he did not turn on his television all afternoon, he is the wrong person for the job. If he did watch, as all of us did, and says he didn't, he is a liar and the wrong person for his position.

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 8:09am

U of M Regent Weiser must live in a township without Broadband.

Disinformation is also a pathogen, Trump injects it into the national blood stream every day.