The Michigan state Democrat senator who went viral after criticizing the GOP’s use of the “groomer” slur has blasted the GOP for its “hateful marginal QAnon rhetoric.”
Mallory McMorrow appeared on MSNBC’smorning Joe, saying that “there was an opportunity for the GOP to get back to debating how we spend tax dollars” but that they are using “hateful, hateful QAnon rhetoric with no real policy”.
“Part of the reason why I really wanted to identify is because this moment is going to require straight, white, Christian, suburban moms to stand up and feel uncomfortable and say it’s not okay,” she added during the morning interview. Wednesday.
“Because odds are, a lot of us are probably pretty comfortable and fine, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. And we can’t stand back and let that happen,” she said.
After a Republican state senator accused the Democratic lawmaker of supporting attempts to “engage” and “sexualize” children in a campaign fundraising email, McMorrow took his response to the state capital’s floor.
“I sat on it for a while wondering, ‘Why me?’ And then I realized – I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme,” she said in comments on April 19. “You cannot claim that you are attacking marginalized children in the name of ‘parenting rights’ if another parent is standing up to say ‘no’.”
Inside an e-mail soliciting donations for her April 18 campaign, Senator Lana Theis put together a list of right-wing tropes that dominated GOP campaigns in 2022, claiming that “our children are under attack in our schools” for “gender indoctrination” and “race-based education” promoted by their political opponents.
She also lashed out at McMorrow, claiming she is among 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— by slavery. ” without pointing to any evidence, as GOP officials and right-wing personalities invoke baseless defamations against LGBT+ people and their allies using the same language.
In angry five-minute comments that went viral on social media on Tuesday, McMorrow condemned the attacks and cast them into a broader, more toxic national campaign to distort concepts like “critical racial theory” and LGBT+ people for political leverage.
During her speech on Tuesday, McMorrow said, “I am a white, Christian, married, suburban heterosexual mother who knows that the very notion that learning about slavery or systemic racism somehow means that ‘children are being taught to feel bad’. and they hate each other because they are white’ is an absolute absurdity”.
“No child alive today is responsible for slavery,” she said. “No one in this room is responsible for slavery. But each of us has a responsibility to write the next chapter of the story. … We are not responsible for the past. We cannot change the past either. We cannot pretend it didn’t happen, or deny people their right to exist.”
“This is the Michigan Republican Party now. This is the National Republican Party now,” she told MSNBC on Wednesday. “It’s disgusting, it’s hateful, it’s awful.”
Mrs. McMorrow said that Ms. Theis “didn’t say anything” after her speech, adding that she “didn’t bother to look me in the eye. I looked at the back of her head throughout the entire speech. She walked away from me.”
“I’ve never been one to avoid saying things to people’s faces and she’s too cowardly to even acknowledge my existence,” he added.
Asked what happened to moderate Republicans in her state, Ms. McMorrow spoke of “rising extremism and we’ve seen that happen with gerrymandering.”
“The fact is, Michigan is a very purple state. We vote fairly evenly between Democrats and Republicans, but the legislature, especially in the state senate, has been Republican-controlled since 1988, despite having only less than 50% of the vote in 2014,” he added. “They got 72% of the seats in the Senate, and that encourages them to go more and more on the sidelines.”
“We had an attempted kidnapping of” Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and “on the day we learned in the Senate about this conspiracy, the Senate Majority Leader walked out of our Senate chambers, walked to the front of our capital and met with the same hateful conspiracy theorist who masterminded that kidnapping, who came to our quarters fully armed and threatened us, and told them to go ahead,” McMorrow said. “That’s where we are now. And unless we step back and vote against them, it’s not going to get better.”
Asked about the response to her speech, she said that “the numbers speak for themselves”. As of Wednesday morning, her speech had received nearly nine million views on Twitter.
“This is definitely not something I want to do to go viral. But if the message is that hate is not going to win, I think we are proving that and we have to say it loud and clear and stand up for those being attacked because 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 kids is so much worse for a trans kid who was being bullied every day who just wants to go to school and have friends and hang out. throughout the day,” he added.
“The response has been overwhelming. And my hope is that other white women like me who are doing okay are the ones to stand up and get this over with, because it’s not going to happen unless we do,” she said.