A mass shooter kills ten people in Buffalo inspired by a racist 'replacement' conspiracy theory pushed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News and embraced by Republican candidates.
“House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism,” Ms. Cheney, the former No. 3 House Republican who was removed from that role over her criticism of Mr. Trump, wrote on Twitter. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.” - NY Times
This map shows six places where racism is running for office with candidates promoting the replacement conspiracy. Click on the map for details and video clips for candidates, FOX News' hosts, Steve Bannon, Steve Miller and others pushing the conspiracy theory.
Fear mongering for votes
Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, who represents a district in Northern New York who is the No. 3 House Republican, ran an online ad last fall about how “amnesty” to the undocumented would “overthrow our current electorate.”
Ron Johnson, Senate candidate in Wisconsin who is up for re-election this fall, said last year that “you have to ask yourself why” the Biden administration wanted, as he put it, open borders. “Is it really,” he postulated, “they want to remake the demographics of America to insure their — that they stay in power forever?”
J.D. Vance, Senate candidate in Ohio spoke about how loose border policies were there to ensure “more Democrat voters pouring into this country.”
Blake Masters, a Senate candidate in Arizona, who is backed by the same billionaire, Peter Thiel, as Mr. Vance. “If you connect the dots as a candidate for office and say, look, obviously the Democrats, they hope to just change the demographics of our country." - NY Times
Hold them accountable
FOX News stokes hate to boost viewership and ad revenues
"Tucker Carlson’s history of fear mongering about white replacement, genocide, and race war. Carlson’s barely veiled reference to a genocide that killed more than half a million people invoked images of violent racial conflict in the United States. The segment also came on the heels of Carlson’s full-throated embrace of the “great replacement” conspiracy theory on April 8 -- echoing a belief long held by white nationalists -- that a wave of “Third World” invaders is coming to replace you and reshape your country, and you, the audience, should do something about it. The segment drew widespread condemnation, including a statement from the Anti-Defamation League CEO calling for Carlson’s removal from Fox.
Carlson has often used his show to launder white nationalist ideology, and his recent attachment to the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, “white genocide” narratives, and race war fearmongering is the culmination of years of violent and racist rhetoric.
A New York Times investigation in April 2022 found that Carlson had invoked the conspiracy that Democrats were trying to force demographic change through immigration in more than 400 episodes of his Fox News show. Carlson also highlighted discrimination against white people and downplayed discrimination against people of color in more than 600 episodes.
TakeAway: Hold candidates and ad platforms accountable for their actions that result in violence and shootings.
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