A Michigan state lawmaker was stripped of his committee assignments and office staff budget Monday after sharing posts about the white supremacist ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory on social media social.
Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate (D) announced the sanction of Rep. Josh Schriver (R) on Monday, saying he would not allow the House “to be a forum for the proliferation of racist, hateful and sectarian speeches.
“Rep. Schriver 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,” Tate said in a statement Monday.
“The House of Representatives is the people’s house, and all Michiganders should look up to this body and be proud of how we conduct ourselves,” he continued. “It’s also a workplace, and I have a responsibility to make sure House employees feel safe.”
State committee assignments and staff budgets are within the sole discretion of the President, consistent with state law.
Last Tuesday, Schriver reposted a chart depicting black figures covering most of a world map, with white figures occupying smaller sections of Australia, Canada, northern Europe, and the northern United States. His caption read “The great replacement! »
The image was first posted by right-wing pundit Jack Posobiec on X, formerly Twitter.
The “Great Replacement” conspiracy of white supremacy is the idea that world governments are conspiring to reduce the white population and replace it with other races. The conspiracy has also been linked to anti-Semitism.
Schriver immediately faced massive criticism for the post, but then doubled down while denying he was racist.
“I am opposed to racists, racial harassers and victim politics,” he said in a statement last week. “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.
Schriver has since refused to apologize for the post and has denied being racist in a series of X-rated posts.
“I’m a white rapper and the most conservative voting representative in Michigan,” he said. written the Monday. “I guess it was only a matter of time before I was falsely labeled a ‘raaacist!'”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) denounced Schriver’s message Friday.
“It is a failure of leadership for this kind of action to take place without the oversight of Rep. Schriver’s caucus leadership, and the longer any action is taken, the more responsibility the leadership bears,” he said. she declared.
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