Republicans and the conservative media ecosystem have to answer for the blood on their hands. Either through innuendo or direct statements, they continue to promote the white supremacist “great replacement theory” which has yet again radicalized a terrorist to commit violence against people of color. And they should be held accountable for their role in it. We’re still learning more about Payton Gendron, the 18-year-old suspected terrorist who killed 10 people in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo. However, it’s clear from his alleged manifesto that “great replacement theory,” which is now a mainstream GOP talking point, continues to radicalize men to commit violence. And yet some Republican leaders and conservative pundits continue to promote this hate for sake of votes, profit, and ratings. Enough is enough. Until Republican leaders and conservative media stars explicitly renounce this white supremacist conspiracy, condemn it, and disassociate from its peddlers, it’s fair to conclude they are entirely complicit with its message. Journalists and reporters must repeatedly hound Republican officials with follow up questions about this national security threat. Recall that Democrats and President Joe Biden still are asked about “defunding the police,” even though it is not a mainstream DNC position, or about critical race theory (CRT) panic even after it was revealed to be a bad-faith trojan horse created by right-wing activists to incite racial panic and anxiety. Leading up to the election, any journalist worth their weight must doggedly ask every Republican elected official the following questions: “Do you believe in the replacement theory?” “Do you condemn the replacement theory, or do you support the ideology that has inspired numerous mass terrorists?” “If you do condemn it, then why are you and your colleagues repeating it?” In the past few years, these terrorists, all radicalized by the same conspiracy, have attacked Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, and others. This time, it was Black people whom the terrorist blamed for weakening and replacing his people. How do we know? Because he clearly and methodically detailed his poisoned ideology in his alleged manifesto. In case there was any doubt—or if my media colleagues decide to yet again whitewash the actions of yet another white supremacist terrorist as being a “lone wolf” or infantilize him as a troubled, young man—he describes himself as a white nationalist, fascist, neo-Nazi, and an anti-Semite. He describes his attack as an act of terrorism, which he rationalizes as a “partisan action against an occupying force.” “ The replacement theory, which has inspired and radicalized numerous mass shooters...is now believed by nearly half of Republican voters. Half! ” In a Q and A with himself, he says he decided to attack “to show to the replacers that as long as the White man lives, our land will never be theirs and they [will] never be safe from us.” He succeeded in shooting 13 people, killing 10, including 86-year-old Ruth Winfield, a grandmother who was simply living her life, bothering no one, and shopping at the grocery store. But for adherents of the replacement theory, Ruth was the enemy who must be eliminated. They believe that Jews are the head of a nefarious, international cabal who are deliberately using Blacks, Muslims, immigrants of color, feminists, and LGBTQ+ to infiltrate, weaken and eventually replace “Western” civilization—which is a euphemism for white people. At the beginning of his alleged manifesto, Gendron writes, “If there’s one thing I want you to get from these writings, it’s that White birth rates must change. Every day the White population becomes fewer in number. To maintain a population the people must achieve a birth rate that reaches replacement fertility levels, in the western world that is about 2.06 births per woman.” That might as well have been a quote from Tucker Carlson during one of his many rants about white Americans being diluted, weakened, and replaced by people of color. Just pause for a second and reflect on that. Carlson, one of the most influential conservative voices, hosts the highest-rated cable news show which . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: violence, white, conspiracy, answer, theory, great, republicans, republican, radicalized, terrorist, stefanik, rightwing, replacement, carlson
DATE: 2018, 2020, last year, 18-year-old, 86-year-old, the same year, earlier this week, the past few years
NORP: French, Muslims, Mexicans, Americans, Democrats, Democratic, Republican, Republicans, anti-Semite
PERSON: Ruth, QAnon, Bannon, Carlson, Stefanik, Joe Biden, Paul Gosar, Steve Bannon, Andrew Anglin, Robert Bowers, Ruth Winfield, Elise Stefanik, Payton Gendron, Tucker Carlson, Brenton Tarrant, Marjorie Taylor Greene,
ORDINAL: third, second
CARDINAL: 10, 11, 13, one, Half, about 2.06, nearly half, more than 50