Sen. McMorrow gains spotlight denouncing ‘hateful garbage’

Lansing — A five-minute speech from Michigan Sen. Mallory McMorrow gained national attention Tuesday and more than 9 million views on social media as the Royal Oak Democrat spoke out against an attack by Republican Sen. Lana Theis of Brighton.

McMorrow gave a speech on the Senate floor, where she focused on a fundraising email Theis’ reelection campaign sent out Monday. The message specifically claimed McMorrow and others were “outraged” they can’t “groom and sexualize kindergarteners”

McMorrow denounced the political smear in her address Tuesday, talking about her Christian upbringing and saying she wanted every child in Michigan to feel “seen, heard and supported.”

“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 people’s lives,” the Democratic senator said. “And I know that hate will only win if people like me stand by and let it happen.”

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