- Rep. Josh Shriver, a Michigan lawmaker, lost his committee assignment and his staff after allegedly sharing a racist post on social media.
- House Speaker Joe Tate, a Democrat, said he would not allow the House to be a forum for “racist, hateful and bigoted rhetoric.”
- Tate removed Shriver from the committee and placed his staff on probation, citing Shriver’s history of promoting dangerous rhetoric.
A Republican lawmaker in Michigan lost his committee assignment and staff on Monday, days after an image of a racist ideology was posted on social media.
House Speaker Joe Tate, a Black Democrat, said he would not allow the House to be a forum for “racist, hateful and bigoted rhetoric.”
State Rep. Josh Shriver, who is white, shared a post on X — formerly known as Twitter — that showed a map of the world with black numbers outnumbering white figures, along with the phrase “Great Alternative!”
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The conspiracy theory says that there is a conspiracy to reduce the influence of white people.
Shriver, who represents parts of Oakland and Macomb counties, can vote on the House floor. But Tate removed him from a committee and asked the House Business Office to supervise his staff, who are still able to help constituents.
“Representative Shriver has a history of promoting false theories and dangerous rhetoric that puts the safety of Michigan residents at risk and contributes to a hostile and uncomfortable environment for others,” Tate said.
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A message seeking comment from Shriver was not immediately returned. He defended his social media post last week.
“I oppose racists, race attacks and victim politics,” Shriver told the Detroit News. “What I find strange is the agenda of demoralizing and diminishing the white portion of our population.”
Shriver was elected to a two-year term in 2022. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement Friday calling his position “hateful rhetoric.”
“We will never allow those who raise racial concerns to divide us,” she said.