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The University of Michigan’s governing board on Friday censured a Republican regent who called the state’s female Democratic leaders “witches” whom the GOP would prepare for a “burning at the stake” in the 2022 election.

Ron Weiser, who chairs the state Republican Party, said he took “full responsibility” for his comments to activists but said he would not quit despite the board’s call for his resignation.

Ron Weiser, left, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, National Republican Committee chairwoman August 2020 photo
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Michigan Republican Chairman Ron Weiser has apologized for comments calling the three highest-ranking elected female leaders in the state “witches” who should be “ready for the burning at the stake.”

The comments Weiser made during an event Thursday in Oakland County about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson came in addition to others raising the idea of “assassination” in reference to U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, two Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump.

Ron Weiser, left, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, National Republican Committee chairwoman August 2020 photo
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The leader of Michigan’s Republican Party referred to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and two other top Democratic elected woman as “witches” that the GOP wants to “soften up” for a “burning at the stake” in the 2022 election.

He also joked about assassination when he was asked how to remove two GOP congressmen, Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Ron Weiser’s statements Thursday during a local Republican meeting, which are on video, were first reported by The Detroit News on Friday.

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An Ann Arbor businessman was elected leader of the Michigan Republican Party on Saturday, taking the reins for a third time despite last-minute efforts to derail his candidacy.

Ron Weiser and co-chair Meshawn Maddock got 66% of the vote during an online convention, the party said.

“The skirmishes of yesterday are over,” Weiser said in a written statement, adding that he will focus on defeating Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other ”far-left radicals” in 2022.

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The chairwoman of Michigan's Democratic Party says people who support President Donald Trump are racist. Lavora Barnes, who is African American, issued a statement late Sunday saying she won't remain silent because "uncomfortable" conversations must occur during protests over police killings of George Floyd and other black people. Trump has called demonstrators "thugs." On Monday, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said police must be held accountable for Floyd's death and African Americans too often are treated unfairly by law enforcement.

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State Rep. Laura Cox is running to lead the Michigan Republican Party.

Cox announced her bid Monday, saying the 2020 presidential election is "right around the corner" and the GOP must start working to win Michigan again for Donald Trump. Chairman Ron Weiser isn't expected to seek another two-year term when activists vote at a convention in February.

Cox, who lost her race for state Senate, says she's a "tough conservative leader who fights hard for our principles." She's married to former state Attorney General Mike Cox.

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A former chairman of the Michigan Republican party is leading the GOP again. Ron Weiser was unanimously elected Saturday as chairman.

Ronna Romney McDaniel stepped down to become head of the national party.

Meanwhile, Brandon Dillon was given another term as chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Both parties are holding conventions this weekend. Weiser told 3,000 party members in Lansing that "united we win; divided we lose."

McDaniel gave a farewell speech, saying President Donald Trump's victory gives Michigan "the respect it deserves."