GOP Lawmaker Removed From Committee After Posting Racist Conspiracy Theory

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A Michigan House Republican was stripped of his committee assignments over a racist conspiracy theory he shared online.

On Monday (February 12), Speaker of the Michigan House Joe Tate (D) said he was kicking Rep. Josh Schriver (R) off the House Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee following the Republican lawmaker's racist social media post, per Fox 2 Detroit.

"I will not allow the Michigan House of Representatives to be a forum for the proliferation of racist, hateful, and bigoted speech," Tate said in a statement Monday. "The House of Representatives is the people’s house, and all Michiganders should look upon this body and take pride in how we conduct ourselves. It is also a workplace, and I have a responsibility to make sure the employees of the House feel safe and secure."

The removal comes after Schriver shared a tweet earlier this month about the "Great Replacement Theory," which falsely claims that there's an effort to replace white populations in white-majority countries. The post remains on Schriver's social media page.

Tate said Schriver has "a history of promoting debunked theories and dangerous rhetoric."

Amid his removal from his committee assignment, Schriver will still be able to cast a vote in the House.

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