Ex-Michigan GOP Leader Bullies Kids Online Ahead of Felony Arraignment

Then-Co-Chair of the Michigan Republican Party Meshawn Maddock waves to an attendee during a Save America rally on October 1, 2022 in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by Emily Elconin/Getty Images)

By Kyle Kaminski

July 25, 2023

Former Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock is set to face several felony charges next month tied to efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential. And she’s biding her time by posting homophobic attacks against LGBTQ children on Twitter. 

LANSING—The former leader of the Michigan Republican Party is set to be arraigned on several felony charges next week over allegations that she falsely claimed to be one of Michigan’s presidential electors amid an attempt to overturn the presidential election in 2020.

The recently announced criminal charges against 55-year-old Meshawn Maddock—and 15 other Republicans—include both forgery and election law forgery. The steepest charges carry a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

And with less than three weeks until her court date, Maddock is spending her time attacking LGBTQ children online—referring to one young transgender boy, one cisgender boy, and two non-binary kids as “incredibly sad and messed up” on Twitter.


Maddock, who is married to state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford), posted the bigoted remark on Sunday. Her comment refers to the children of Julia Pulver, a career nurse and patient advocate who now reportedly works as an expert nursing consultant after two unsuccessful runs for the state legislature. Pulver and her husband, Ben Pulver, have been outspoken advocates for the LGBTQ+ community, which includes three of their four children, reports the Michigan Advance.

Maddock added: “Democrats like them are willing to sacrifice their own children.”

Pulver told Michigan Advance that Maddock’s attacks against her kids had “crossed the line.” She also speculated that Maddock’s recent legal woes may have played a role in her behavior.

Maddock—and the other 15 fake electors charged last week—are set to be arraigned Aug. 10.

The maximum sentence would keep the average defendant behind bars until their mid-80s.



In addition to additional attacks against the Pulver family, Maddock has also posted other bigoted remarks on Twitter—once calling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is gay, a “weak little girl” and labeling Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, who is Black, a “scary masked man.”

Pulver told Michigan Advance that she felt compelled to speak out this week because Maddock’s behavior has ramped up from generalizations to more specific accusations.

“We’re the low-hanging fruit in their little hate vineyard,” she said. “I’m not even in politics anymore. I’m not running for anything. I am just outspoken. When I see people who want to hurt my kids and who want to turn them into monsters to further their political careers, then I do have a problem with that and I’m going to say something. I feel like they kind of crossed the line.”

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  • Kyle Kaminski

    Kyle Kaminski is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience covering news across Michigan. Prior to joining The ‘Gander, Kyle worked as the managing editor at City Pulse in Lansing and as a reporter for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

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