A Michigan Republican politician was removed from office staff and committee assignments after sharing a social media post about the racist “Great Replacement” theory of a coordinated effort to diminish the he influence of Whites through immigration and low birth rates.
Republican state Rep. Josh Schriver had his privileges revoked by Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate, but he will still be able to vote on the legislation.
The decision came a week after Schriver, a first-term lawmaker, posted a photo online depicting black figures covering most of a world map, with white figures in small areas of Australia, from Canada, northern Europe and the northern United States.
The bottom of the graphic read “The Great Replacement!” » The photo was originally posted by Jack Posobiec, a far-right pundit, and republished on X by Schriver.
In a statement to the Detroit News last week, Schriver said he loved “all of God’s descendants” and believed that “each person’s immense worth is rooted in the price Christ paid on the Cross when he died for our sins.
“I am opposed to racists, racial harassers and victim politics,” Schriver said in the statement.
However, he then repeated elements of replacement theory. “What I find strange is the agenda to demoralize and reduce the white portion of our population. It is not inclusive and Christ is inclusive! I’m glad Tucker Carlson and Jack Posobiec are sharing links so I can continue my research on these issues.
The Great Replacement conspiracy theory has been cited as a motive for perpetrators of mass violence, including the white gunman who carried out the mass shooting of black shoppers at a Buffalo supermarket in 2022; the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh; the 2019 Poway, California, synagogue massacre; and the 2019 El Paso Walmart shooting, which targeted Latinos.
After Schriver posted the image, Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer condemned him and the failure of Republican leaders not to condemn the material.
“It is a failure on the part of leadership that this kind of action is happening unchecked by the leadership of Rep. Schriver’s caucus, and the longer no action is taken, the more responsibility the leadership bears,” Whitmer said.
In the decision to revoke Schriver’s privileges, Tate said the Michigan Legislature would not be allowed to become “a forum for the proliferation of racist, hateful and bigoted speech.”
Tate added that the lawmaker “has a history of promoting debunked theories and dangerous rhetoric that endanger the safety of Michigan residents and contribute to a hostile and uncomfortable environment for others.”
Among the privileges and assignments Schriver will lose are a committee on natural resources, environment, tourism and outdoor recreation, as well as just one staff member and an office budget of $132,000.
But some Republican lawmakers came to Schriver’s defense. State Rep. Matt Maddock said Schriver was a “great man without an ounce of racism in his body” who would emerge stronger from punishing “woke” leaders.
But at least two other local Republicans moved to condemn Schriver. Rep. Donni Steele said lawmakers must speak out “against hate every time it rears its ugly head,” and Sen. John Damoose said Schriver’s message had nothing to do with conservative ideals or Americans.
“Such ideas really have no place in our politics or our culture,” Damoose said. “Now our nation should know better. »
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