In Donald Trump’s second impeachment proceedings, ten Republican House members voted for impeachment and seven Republican Senators voted to convict. For these members, Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser suggests, there are only two possible responses: voting them out, or assassinating them.
In the clip below, Weiser can be heard answering a question from an audience member. When she wonders about “the witches in our own party,” the chairman responds, “Ma’am, other than assassination, I have no other way other than voting them out.” Gales of laughter follow.
Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser was pressed by the crowd on the "witches in our own party," a reference to Meijer and Upton who voted to impeach Trump.
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This clip follows Weiser’s previous commentary about “the three witches” who he hopes to “soften up” for “burning at the stake.”
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The Detroit News offers additional context on the comments, explaining that Weiser repeatedly referred to Michigan Democrats Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, all of whom are up for re-election next year, as the “witches.”
According to Raw Story, the question about “witches in our own party” referred specifically to Michigan Representatives who voted for impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
My Northwest reports that Ted Goodman, a spokesperson for Weiser, when asked about the comments, would only say that Weiser “made it clear that it is up to the voters.”
One of the Democrats that Weiser targeted in his speech and suggested should “burn at the stake, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was already the intended victim last year of a kidnapping plot, following Donald Trump’s rhetoric attacking and stoking right-wing hate towards her over COVID-19 precautions.
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