Democrat who went viral for spreading ‘groomer’ slur accuses GOP of using ‘full-fringe QAnon hateful rhetoric’

The Democratic Michigan state senator who went viral after criticizing the GOP’s use of the “groomer” slur has criticized the Republican Party for its “full margin QAnon-hateful rhetoric”.

Mallory McMorrow appeared on MSNBCsMorning Joe, saying that “there was an opportunity for the Republican Party to go back to the debate about how we spend tax dollars,” but instead “use full rand QAnon hateful, hateful rhetoric with no real policy.”

“Part of the reason I really wanted to identify myself is because this moment is going to require straight, white, Christian suburban moms to stand up and be uncomfortable and say this isn’t right,” he added. she added during the interview on Wednesday morning.

“Because chances are, a lot of us are probably pretty comfortable and okay, but that doesn’t mean this is okay. And we can’t sit back and let it happen,” she said.

After a Republican state senator accused the Democratic legislature of supporting efforts to “nurture” and “sexualize” children in a campaign fundraising email, Ms. McMorrow took her response to the floor of the state capital. .

“I sat on it for a while and wondered, ‘Why me?’ And then I realized: I’m the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful plan,” she said on April 19. “You can’t claim to be targeting marginalized children in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent stands up to ‘no. ‘ to say.”

In an e-mail Senator Lana Theis solicited donations for her campaign on April 18, compiling a list of right-wing tropes that have dominated the GOP campaigns in 2022, claiming that “our children in our schools are being attacked” by “gender-bending indoctrination” and “on race-based education” promoted by their political opponents.

She also lashed out at Ms. McMorrow, claiming she belongs to a group of “progressive social media trolls” who are “outraged that they can’t teach, nurse and sexualize preschoolers or that 8-year-olds are responsible for slavery, without referencing such evidence, as GOP officials and right-wing personalities use baseless defamation against LGBT+ people and their allies who rely on the same language.

In furious five-minute comments that went viral on social media Tuesday, Ms. McMorrow condemned the attacks and placed them in a broader, toxic national campaign to twist concepts like “critical race theory” and LGBT+ people for political influence.

Speaking on Tuesday, Ms McMorrow said: “I am a straight, white, Christian, married suburban mother who knows that the whole idea that learning about slavery or redlining or systemic racism somehow means that ‘children being taught to feel bad ‘and to hate themselves for being white’ is absolute nonsense”.

“No child alive today is responsible for slavery,” she said. “No one in this room is responsible for slavery. But each of us bears a responsibility to write the next chapter of history. … We are not responsible for the past. We cannot change the past either. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen, or deny people their right to exist.”

“This is now the Michigan Republican Party. This is the National Republican Party now,” she told MSNBC on Wednesday. “It’s disgusting, it’s hateful, it’s terrible.”

Ms McMorrow said Ms Theis “didn’t say anything back” after her speech, adding that she “didn’t even bother to look me in the eye. I looked at the back of her head throughout the speech. She turned from me off”.

“I’ve never been one to shy away from saying things to people’s faces and she’s too cowardly to even acknowledge my existence,” she added.

When asked what has happened to moderate Republicans in her state, Ms. McMorrow spoke of “rising extremism and we’ve seen this play out with gerrymandering.”

“The fact is, Michigan is a very purple state. We vote fairly evenly Democrat vs. Republican, but the legislature, especially in the state senate, has been controlled by Republicans since 1984, despite only getting less than 50 percent of the vote in 2014,” she added. ready. “They’ve got 72 percent of the Senate seats, and it encourages us to push further and further to the margins.”

“We had an attempted kidnapping of “Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer” and on “the day we heard about that plot in the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader walked out of our Senate chambers, walked to the front of our capital and gathered with the same hateful conspiracy theorist who plotted that kidnapping, who came to our rooms fully armed and threatened us, and told them to move on,” said Ms. McMorrow. “That’s where we are now. And unless we push back and vote them out of office, it doesn’t get any better.”

When asked about the response to her speech, she said “the numbers speak for themselves”. By Wednesday morning, her speech had been viewed nearly nine million times on Twitter.

“This is definitely not something I want to do to go viral. But if the message is that hate won’t win, I think we’ll prove it and we need to say it loud and clear and stand up for those who are being attacked, because on one day it could be us,” she told MSNBC.

“And I know that everything I felt the day Lana Theis accused me of being a groomer and sexualizing children is much worse for a trans boy who was attacked every day and who just wants to go to school and have friends and throughout the day,” she added.

“The response has been overwhelming. And I hope other white women like me who are doing well are the ones who stand up and end this unless we do,” she said.

the independent has contacted Ms Theis for comment.

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