Trump-loving GOP chair pushes unhinged conspiracy about schools supplying 'litter boxes’ for student ‘furries’
A Michigan superintendent on Thursday debunked a conspiracy theory — pushed by the co-chair of the state Republican Party, among others — that schools were providing "litter boxes" in bathrooms for students who identify as "furries."
“It is unconscionable that this afternoon I am sending this communication,” Midland Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Michael E. Sharrow wrote on Facebook. “However, our Midland PS stakeholders may be confused about a false message/accusation that has resurfaced this week and is gaining traction in the social media realm.”
According to the accusation, "litter boxes were provided within MPS student restrooms for those who identify themselves as ‘furries,'" Sharrow wrote.
“Let me be clear in this communication," Sharrow wrote. "There is no truth whatsoever to the this false statement/accusation! There have never been litter boxes within MPS schools. It is a source of disappointment that I felt the necessity to communicate this message to you.”
According to the Morning Sun, a “furry” is "someone who role-plays or identifies as an animal, or an animal character with human-like characteristics."
The newspaper reported that the conspiracy theory began during a school board meeting on Dec. 20, when a parent claimed that a school unisex bathroom included "a litter box, for the kids who identify as cats.”
“I am really disturbed by that,” the parent said. “I will do some more investigation on that.”
Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock promoted the conspiracy theory on Thursday.
"Kids who identify as ‘furries’ get a litter box in the school bathroom," she wrote on her official Facebook page above a video from the school board meeting. "Parent heroes will TAKE BACK our schools.”
Maddock was among 16 Republicans who signed a fake electoral certificate declaring the former president Donald Trump won Michigan in 2020.
Watch a clip from the school board meeting below.
'No basis in reality': Jake Tapper slams GOP senate candidates for pushing 'deranged' theories about 2020 election
On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Lead," anchor Jake Tapper tore into Republican candidates for continuing to promote conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being rigged.
"The newest midterm election trend, Republican House and Senate candidates spending millions of dollars on ads to tout Donald Trump's Big Lie," said Tapper. "It's happening in Missouri, in Arizona, it's happening in Ohio. Before we air any clips, what you are about to watch has absolutely no basis in reality."
"The Democrats rigged the election," said Missouri Senate candidate Billy Long in one clip.
"They lie. Waste our money. Rig our elections," said Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon in another.
"President Trump says the election was stolen, and he's right," said Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno in yet another.
"Let's go to our panel," said Tapper, turning to NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe. "Trump is putting pressure on these candidates to embrace the Big Lie, the deranged conspiracy theories. Is it a mistake for these GOP candidates to be looking backward rather than forward?"
"I mean, I think in the short term it probably is not a mistake if you're only looking at it politically," said Rascoe. "For the sake of the democracy, in this country, you know, to continue to make people doubt elections is not good, full stop. But for them politically, this is where their base is. Their base believes the lies. Their base believes that, you know, Biden is not the rightful president. So they are playing into that and by doing that, it's also showing the association, right? It's saying, I'm one of you. You believe this. I do, too. I am with — and most of all, I'm with trump. So you can vote for me."
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WATCH: Black Mississippi lawmakers walk out en masse as state votes to ban teaching critical race theory
Several Black Mississippi state senators on Friday walked out en masse as their fellow legislatures banned the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms.
Local news station WLBT reports that the Black Mississippi lawmakers decided to walk out after decrying the bill as totally unnecessary given that there is no evidence that critical race theory is being taught in any Mississippi public schools.
Sen. John Horhn (D-MS) said that the intention of the bill wasn't merely to target critical race theory, but to put what he described as a "chilling effect" over teachers who give frank lessons about the history of racism and slavery in the United States.
"I think this bill is going to put a chilling effect on that journey," he said. "I think it’s going to slow us down on coming together, and I think it’s going to drive a wedge between us that doesn’t need to be driven."
Simmons led all of his Black colleagues out of the chamber as the vote for the bill came up. Without the Black Democrats present, the bill wound up passing by a margin of 32 to 2. The two "no" votes came from two white Democratic state senators who remained in the chamber.
Watch the video below.
Black members of Mississippi's senate walk out of the chamber before the final vote on a bill to ban teaching critical race theory in schools and universities. The vote passed.pic.twitter.com/hLUwAn6ekL— Kobee Vance (@Kobee Vance) 1642785945