Meshawn Maddock, one of Michigan's two feisty Republican Party leaders, lashes out this holiday weekend about this University of Michigan display mocking co-chair Ron Weiser.
In one of five Saturday night tweets, she calls it "total lies and misinformation" and slams state Attorney General Dana Nessel for sharing a social media photo of the sign.
"Id [sic] rather go to the Weiser Center than the Nessel Center for Voter Fraud, Political Persecution, and Religious Persecution," snaps Maddock, spouse of state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford. Both are vocal backers of Donald Trump.
The far-from-official "renaming" took place Saturday afternoon at a 10-story tower on the central campus with classrooms and offices for the School of Literature, Science and the Arts. A pair of professionally printed signs were placed over a marker for Weiser Hall, named for the U-M regent, alumnus and major donor.
The stunt alludes to his party's proposed election law changes and two statements by Weiser at a Clarkston event March 25. He called the state's top elected Democrats "those three witches" and said sarcastically that assassination is the only immediate way to unseat two Republican congressmen in the state delegation who votred for Donald Trump's impeachment in January.
"We urge the university to quickly begin the process of removing his name from all university-affiliated buildings and institutions," says a statement from the pranksters, quoted on Twitter by senior news editor Calder Lewis of the Michigan Daily. "In an ideal world, we would name our buildings after individuals who represent the public values of our institution and the diversity of our community."
The group calls itself NoRon (Network for the Ongoing Reconsideration of Our Nomenclature at the University of Michigan). It backs support calls for Regent Ron Weiser’s resignation, and “we also urge the university to quickly begin the process of removing his name from all university-affiliated buildings and institutions.
Fellow board members on Friday censured Weiser. "I take full responsibility for what I said . . . but I will not resign," he said during a Zoom meeting of the board. "I will not be canceled." His elected eight-year term runs through 2024.
The building with protest signs out front was named in 2014 for Ronald and Eileen Weiser after the Ann Arbor couple gave $50 million that year. He graduated in 1966 with a business degree and she earned a master's in piano performance in 1975.
Maddock's responses a few hours after the Easter Eve stunt start with this reaction to Nessel, whose tweet has over 2,700 likes and is shared nearly 600 times in a day:
Total lies and misinformation at a state institution is fine as long as our joke of an AG thinks its funny. Twitter should follow its own rules and take this down. https://t.co/t0kMa8Q1He— meshawn maddock (@CoChairMeshawn) April 3, 2021
The Republican co-chair follows up four times in the next three and a half hours with these posts ending at 11 p.m. Saturday:
Our AG has a lot of time to fundraise & score cheap political points off fake controversy perpetuated by Ann Arbor liberals, yet refuses to bring justice to sex abuse victims or look into questionable nursing home deaths due to COVID. MI deserves better
Dana loves to attack her enemies, she even has a special word for them: “everyone”
Dana has crime solved in Michigan so Im glad she can spend so much time gloating over vandalism in Ann Arbor.
Id rather go to the Weiser Center than the Nessel Center for Voter Fraud, Political Persecution, and Religious Persecution.
Maddock's active weekend also brings four retweets of Nessel critiques by two of her 2,900 followers.
In reply to the Republican's first tweet Saturday, U-M Professor Silke-Maria Weineck posts: "Insurrectionist wants to cancel satire."
The comparative literature faculty member refers to the presence of Rep. Maddock and his wife at Trump's rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 with other Michiganians who rode buses she helped charter. Neither of them entered the Capitol.