A Missouri House Democrat was removed from his committee assignment after he posted a photo on social media of himself with a man the Anti-Defamation League has listed as a Holocaust denier.
State Rep. Sarah Unsicker of St. Louis County is also running for attorney general in 2024. Her removal from four committees was announced Thursday by House Minority Leader Crystal Quaid.
Mr Quaid said Mr Unsicker, who was first elected in 2016, had been a “strong advocate for society's vulnerable groups, especially children” during his tenure.
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“But recently, she has called out individuals who espouse baseless conspiracies and racist and anti-Semitic ideologies that run counter to the values of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect that House Democrats are committed to upholding. I have chosen to use social media to encourage this,” Quaid said in a statement. statement.
The announcement comes after Unsicker posted a photo on X (formerly Twitter) of herself at a restaurant with a local social media influencer and a man the Anti-Defamation League has cited as a Holocaust denier. Ta.
“I'm an adult and can choose my own friendships,” Unsicker wrote in one post.
In addition to losing his committee assignments, Mr. Quaid said Mr. Unsicker could be removed from the House Democratic Caucus weeks before Congress begins in January.
Mr. Unsicker said in a statement Thursday that he was embarrassed by Mr. Quaid's actions.
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“I received no explanation for how my behavior differed from my typical behavior, including refusing to respond to derogatory statements about others,” Unsicker said. She declined an interview request Friday.