Michigan Democrats want to censure and investigate Rep. Maddock, while the calls for his expulsion from the Legislature continue to mount.
MILFORD, Mich.—Republican state Rep. Matt Maddock (Milford) has had a turbulent few weeks. Now, his fellow legislators are introducing legislation to expel him from the state House of Representatives and investigate him.
It started with opposition to the outcome of the Nov. 3 election, which Maddock and his wife, Meshawn, resisted the certification of. That propelled them to minor stardom in Michigan’s GOP, with Meshawn expected to become co-chair of the state party.
Then came the siege on Congress. Since then, Reps. Abraham Aiyash (D- Hamtramck) and Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) will be introducing a resolution to censure and investigate Matt Maddock, while the calls for his expulsion from the Legislature continue to mount.
A Riot at the Capitol
The Maddocks helped organize participation in the demonstrations in Washington for thousands of participants and, themselves, attended. Those demonstrations escalated into an attempted coup, resulting in the arrests of many who participated became a violent attack on the Capitol. Matt Maddock claims he did not participate in that riot, but local organizations say the Maddocks’ actions helped thousands do so.
Both Maddocks have denounced the violence at the Capitol since the attack.
“We are deeply alarmed by Rep. Matt Maddock’s role in the riots in Washington DC on Jan. 6 and anti-government events in Michigan during 2020,” said the Indivisible Huron Valley steering committee. “Maddock has organized and actively participated in activities that present a threat to the safety of our citizens. His ongoing promotion of conspiracy theories and false information on social media has generated distrust in the government and our democratic institutions. This distrust has led to violence.”
That, alone, sparked calls for his removal from office, from both Indivisible and other groups.
“The lawlessness will not end if those who are the driving force behind it face no consequences,” Indivisible said. “It’s time we had a unified, nonpartisan adherence to facts and the rule of law. We call out Matt Maddock for his participation in these treasonous activities, and demand he be removed from the Michigan Legislature.”
The focus has since shifted to the social media activity of the Maddocks.
Milford Conservatives Matter
Local media reported Tuesday that the Maddocks were members of a new private Facebook group aimed at Michigan conservatives, called Milford Conservatives Matter, a cooptation of “Black Lives Matter”.
The group, WDIV reports, is rife with the kind of Trump-promoted electoral and coronavirus conspiracy theories that have helped the Maddocks establish themselves in the far-right political sphere. There were posts praising the siege on Congress, saying Americans can sleep well knowing that elected leaders feared for their lives.
The group also features open discussion of civil war, martial law, and right-wing memes, according to WDIV.
The talk of a second civil war is not new to Matt Maddock, who suggested months ago in an interview with WXYZ that one was on the horizon.
“As soon as we lose faith in our elections … the next step after that is the same thing that happened with the Civil War,” Maddock is reported saying. “We’re treading on very, very thin ice.”
In that video, he claimed the primary cause of the Civil War was a contested election, which is inaccurate. The legitimacy of Abraham Linclon’s election was not largely contested, though the same causes of the Civil War loomed large over the 1860 election.
In another post, Matt Maddock announced joining fringe right-wing social media platform CloutHub, one of the latest in the legacy of far-right platforms that include Gab and Parler, according to WDIV.
As a result, Reps. Abraham Aiyash (D- Hamtramck) and Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) will be introducing a resolution to censure and investigate Matt Maddock, while the calls for his expulsion from the Legislature continue to mount.
The Maddocks have not responded to requests for comment.