Democrat who went viral for blasting ‘groomer’ slurs accuses GOP of using ‘full-fledged QAnon hateful rhetoric’

The Michigan Democratic state senator who went viral after lambasting the GOP’s use of the slur “groomer” has slammed the Republican Party for what she calls its “full-fledged QAnon hateful rhetoric.”

Mallory McMorrow appeared on MSNBCHello Joe, saying that “there was an opportunity for the Republican Party to return to the debate about how we spend taxpayers’ money,” but instead using “hateful, hateful rhetoric from the full fringe of QAnon without politics real”.

“Part of the reason I really wanted to identify is that this moment is going to make straight, white, Christian, suburban moms stand up and get embarrassed and say this is not not correct,” she added during the Wednesday morning interview.

“Because the odds are, a lot of us are probably quite comfortable and fine, but that doesn’t mean it’s fine. And we can’t sit back and let it happen,” she said.

After a Republican state senator accused the Democratic lawmaker of supporting attempts to ‘groom’ and ‘sexualize’ children in a campaign fundraising email, Ms McMorrow has delivered her response to the prosecution of the state capital.

“I sat on it for a while thinking, ‘Why me?’ And then I realized that I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme,” she said in remarks on April 19. “You can’t pretend you’re targeting marginalized children in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent stands up to say ‘no’.”

In an email soliciting donations for her campaign on April 18, Senator Lana Theis listed right-wing tropes that dominated GOP campaigns in 2022, alleging that “our children are being assaulted in our schools” because of “indoctrination. gender” and “race-based education” promoted by their political opponents.

She also blasted Ms McMorrow, saying she was part of a group of “progressive social media trolls” who are “outraged that they can’t teach, can’t groom and sexualize kindergarten kids or that 8-year-olds are responsible for slavery,” without pointing to such evidence, as GOP officials and right-wing figures invoke baseless slander against LGBT+ people and their allies using the same language .

In furious five-minute remarks that went viral on social media on Tuesday, Ms McMorrow condemned the attacks and placed them within a broader, toxic national campaign to distort concepts such as “critical race theory” and LGBT+ people for political leverage.

During her speech on Tuesday, Ms McMorrow said: ‘I am a straight, white, Christian, married suburban mother who knows that the very idea that learning slavery, redlining or systemic racism means in a way that “children learn to feel bad”. and hate each other because they are 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 the responsibility of writing the next chapter of history. … We are not responsible for the past. Nor can we change We can’t pretend it didn’t happen or deny people their very right to exist.

“It’s the Michigan Republican Party right now. It’s the National Republican Party right now,” she told MSNBC on Wednesday. .”

Ms McMorrow said Ms Theis ‘didn’t say anything’ after her speech, adding that she ‘couldn’t even bother to look me in the eye’. I watched the back of his head the whole speech. She turned away from me”.

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

Asked about what has happened with moderate Republicans in her state, Ms McMorrow spoke of “growing extremism and we’ve seen that play out with gerrymandering”.

“The thing is, Michigan is a very purple state. We vote pretty evenly Democrat versus Republican, but the legislature, especially the state senate, has been controlled by Republicans since 1984 despite the fact that in 2014 they got less than 50% of the vote. “, she added. “They got 72% of the seats in the Senate, and that encourages us to go further and further towards the margins.”

“We had an attempted kidnapping of ‘Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer’ and the day we learned in the Senate of this plot, the Senate Majority Leader walked out of our chambers in the Senate, walked to the ‘front of our capital and sided with the same hateful conspiracy theorist who plotted this kidnapping, who came to our rooms fully armed and threatened us, and told them to carry on,’ Ms McMorrow said. That’s where we are right now, and unless we push them back and take them down, it’s not going to get better.

Asked about the response to her speech, she said “the numbers speak for themselves”. As of Wednesday morning, his speech had received nearly 9 million views on Twitter.

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

“And I know everything I felt the day Lana Theis accused me of being a groomer and sexualizing kids is so much worse for a trans kid who was getting attacked every day and just wanted to go. in school and having friends and getting through the day,” she added.

“The response has been overwhelming. And I hope other white women like me who are doing well will be the ones to stand up and end this because it won’t be unless we do,” a- she declared.

The Independent has contacted Ms. Theis for comment.

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