A Michigan state lawmaker is receiving death threats after one of her colleagues spoke out against her earlier this week in a viral speech from the floor of the Michigan Senate.
Michigan Sen. Lana Theis (R) told The Daily Wire that she and her family has received death threats in the days following a speech by her Democratic colleague, Sen. Mallory McMorrow. Theis said the threats have been forwarded to law enforcement.
“You are dead meat, you f***ing b****, you and your husband Samuel, and your two brats [redacted]. I won’t rest until all four of you are rotating on spits rammed up your a**es, while you’re slowly burned alive,” one threat shared with The Daily Wire says.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, McMorrow’s office said that “no one should be on the receiving end of death threats, it is abhorrent.”
Last week, McMorrow was one of three Democrats to walk out of the Michigan Senate chamber as Theis prayed over the session, and specifically over children.
“Dear Lord, across the country we’re seeing in the news that our children are under attack; that there are forces that desire things for them other than what their parents would have them see and hear and know. Dear Lord, I pray for Your guidance in this chamber to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Theis said.
Sen. Dayna Polehanki, who walked out of the chamber with McMorrow, called Theis’ prayer an attack on the “LGBT community,” and said it was “beyond the pale.” On Monday, Theis’ campaign sent out a fundraising email condemning “gender-bending indoctrination,” “exposure to inappropriate sexual content,” and Critical Race Theory curricula in schools before singling out McMorrow. The email said in part:
These are the people we are up against. Progressive social media trolls like Senator Mallory McMorrow (D-Snowflake) who are outraged they can’t teach [sic] can’t groom and sexualize kindergarteners or that 8-year olds are responsible for slavery.
They believe that we, as parents, do not have the right to help our children navigate their adolescence or their education. These enlightened elites believe our rights end at the curb of the school drop-off and we must surrender to the wisdom of teacher unions, trans-activists, and the education bureaucracy.
McMorrow responded to the email in a speech on the Senate floor the following day. “I want every child in this state to feel seen, heard, and supported, not marginalized and targeted because they are not straight, white, and Christian. We cannot let hateful people tell you otherwise to scapegoat and deflect from the fact that they are not doing anything to fix the real issues that impact real peoples’ lives,” McMorrow said.
In an interview with The Daily Wire, Theis said that the language of the email was “snarky” and that she “would have written it differently” in hindsight. She stood behind her comments on education in general, saying that some educators have used classrooms to push leftist ideas on gender identity, sexual attraction, and CRT. She pointed to viral examples of such educators online.
“The reality is I do believe this content is grooming our children,” Theis said. She emphasized that the number of educators she believes teach this content is small, but children and parents are left in a “very dangerous place” because “you don’t know which” teachers are pushing “sexualized content.”
Controversies over CRT, gender identity, and mask mandates drove parents out to school board meetings last summer to demand greater oversight in their children’s education. The controversies have also prompted a slew of GOP-backed state legislation championing parents’ rights and banning certain materials from classrooms. A recent example of such legislation is a recently enacted Florida law that bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
Theis promoted parents’ rights in a resolution she sponsored that passed the Michigan Senate in February. The resolution called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) to affirm parents’ rights.
“Some education systems and elected officials across the country have been disregarding or infringing on parents’ rights related to their children’s education. For example, radical politics have permeated public school curricula, resulting in education that amounts to political indoctrination,” the resolution states.
McMorrow has pushed her own legislation concerning topics of sexuality and gender. Last year, McMorrow co-sponsored a bill to outlaw “conversion therapy” as defined as “any practice or treatment by a mental health professional that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behavior or gender expression or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward an individual of the same gender.”