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Thursday, February 8, 2024
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Progress Michigan Demands Resignation of Rep. Schriver After He Leans Full Tilt Into Racist Conspiracy Theory
Schriver’s recent push of the “Great Replacement Theory” raises questions about Michigan Republican Party’s acceptance of racism within their ranks
MICHIGAN – On Thursday, Progress Michigan called for the resignation of Michigan State Representative Josh Schriver after he recently retweeted a meme pushing the white supremacist “Great Replacement Theory,” which has been used repeatedly by white nationalists to justify murderous rampages.
The original poster of the meme was Jack Posobiec, a far-right MAGA commentator and influencer who has been linked to white supremacists, neo-fascists, and antisemites.
“Schriver knows what he is doing,” said Sam Inglot, executive director of Progress Michigan. “The Great Replacement conspiracy theory is a well-known racist, white supremacist talking point. This dangerous, racist and xenophobic rhetoric used to be relegated to the darkest corners of our society and now we have an elected state lawmaker not only hinting at supporting white nationalism but blatantly pushing one of their most disgusting conspiracy theories. The Michigan Legislature is no place for racism, bigotry and extremism. Schriver needs to resign.”
This is not the first time—although it seems to be the most direct—where the freshman lawmaker has shown some serious red flags. In early January, Progress Michigan called attention to Rep. Schriver’s use of rhetoric and signals tied to white nationalist and far-right extremist movements.
In addition to Shriver’s resignation, Progress Michigan is also demanding the Michigan Republican Party make it known whether or not they condone the message Schriver is pushing in their party.
“The fact that Schriver feels so comfortable within the Michigan Republican Party blatantly pushing white nationalist theories just goes to show us all how far the Party has fallen into dangerous right-wing extremism given new life by the MAGA movement,” Inglot continued. “When it comes to Michigan Republican leadership, whether it be Matt Hall, whoever is running the party these days, or other Republican elected officials, their continued inaction on Schriver’s behavior can only leave us asking: are they simply cowards or do they agree with his dangerous, disgusting rhetoric?”