Republican Sen. Lana Theis opened a Michigan Senate session with the appeal by claiming that children are being attacked by “forces” that want to instill in them ideas that their parents don’t. support.
Three Democrats walked out of a meeting last week to protest her explicit reference to how schools deal with sexual orientation and gender identity as well as critical race theory. Within days, a person who tweeted criticism of the prayer was targeted by Theis in a fundraising email.
Theis called Senator Mallory McMorrow a “troll” on liberal social media and accused her of wanting “Groom” and “sexuality” preschoolers and teaches “that eight-year-olds are responsible for slavery.”
McMorrow responded Tuesday with a strong, tempered deck stated resonated nationwide.
“I’m a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom,” she said, “who wants every kid to feel seen, heard and supported – not marginalized. marginalized and targeted because they are not straight, white, and Catholic.”
The ambulances are one of the latest to attract widespread attention in the country culture war, when conservatives pushed for education to become a political issue. They said they were trying to prevent “grooming”, a term used to describe how sex offenders initiate contact with their victims.
“It’s a terrible thing to tell someone and not care about the consequences,” McMorrow told reporters Wednesday.
Theis, who declined to speak after the session, released a statement in which she made no apology. She again accused Democrats of trying to undermine parents as the main decision makers in their children’s education.
McMorrow’s five-minute speech found a engaged audience on social media. The video has garnered millions of views on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. A tweet thread from McMorrow about her comment has garnered around 74,000 retweets.
Prominent Democrats outside of Michigan, including Hillary Clinton, urged their social media followers to follow along, as did political groups like the pro-Democrat Meidas Touch PAC, the anti-Trump PAC. The Lincoln Project and the popular liberal meme page Occupy the Democratic Party.
The video was also shared online by activists, celebrities and journalists including Maria Shriver, Mia Farrow, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Don Lemon.
McMorrow, who said she had most of her speech in mind while bathing her daughter, said a conservative Christian woman from Texas and a gay man who grew up in rural Indiana were among who contacted her office to thank her.
When asked why the speech resonated, McMorrow said: “There is a difference between politics and outright hate. I think people are frustrated that elected officials haven’t done enough to call for it, that maybe Democrats are afraid to talk about religion and faith openly and honestly and call it hate. what is it. I think we have to.”
Accusations of grooming and pedophilia “straight out” QAnon playbook,” she said, referring to the conspiracy theory. She noted how it was untangled The “pizzagate” conspiracy theory ends in real-world consequences when a man fires an assault rifle inside a restaurant in Washington, DC.
She said she was “extremely disappointed that people are weaponizing religion and Christianity and white mothers living in the suburbs are outspoken and vowed to speak on behalf of all of us.” ta. … They do not. “
Both McMorrow, Royal Oak and Theis, Brighton, are set for re-election in different counties. Former President Donald Trump is backing a major challenger against Theis after a Republican-led legislative committee she sat on identify no widespread or systematic fraud when Joe Biden won Michigan in 2020.
Republicans’ use of “groomed” rhetoric arose when one of their own men, former House Speaker Lee Chatfield, was under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting his future sister-in-law starting when she was a minor.