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By Curt_Anderson
May 16, 2022 10:12 am
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Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and a former member of G.O.P. leadership in the House, on Monday called out her party’s leaders for enabling the spread of white nationalism after a gunman who believed racist ideology killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Ms. Cheney 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.”

Her statement came as Republicans in Congress were angrily pushing back against accusations that their language and actions have perpetuated the kind of racism and xenophobia that were apparently behind the massacre.

Yet as of Monday morning, none of them had spoken out against the racist “white replacement theory” that motivated the killings or the white nationalism undergirding it.

Some Republican lawmakers have openly promoted white nationalism.

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  1. by Donna on May 16, 2022 11:07 am
    They really need to stop that, but I doubt if they will.

  2. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 11:54 am

    I used to be a big fan of Liz but do we know that this crack pot is a GOP?

  3. by Donna on May 16, 2022 1:35 pm
    You don't think the White nationalist wing of the GOP should tone down the rhetoric?

  4. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 1:47 pm

    Perhaps this dialog from you quoting what "the White nationalist wing of the GOP" is saying these days that it could tone down.

  5. by Donna on May 16, 2022 2:06 pm
    I had trouble making sense of what you meant in your last comment, but I'll give it a shot: I'm not quoting what they're saying.

  6. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 2:08 pm

    Sorry. That didn't make sense.

    Essentially, I was asking for examples of White Supremacist things GOPs are saying they could tone down.

  7. by Donna on May 16, 2022 2:24 pm
    As I've said, I don't follow politics closely anymore, so I just did a little research. Cheney's remarks seem to be directed at Republicans like Elise Stefanik and Tucker Carlson who have been promoting "replacement theory".

    If found this piece, entitled What Is Replacement Theory?

    First few paragraphs:

    A white-supremacist gunman killed ten people and injured three others Saturday afternoon, opening fire at a Buffalo supermarket in a premeditated attack. Suspect Payton Gendron, 18, picked a Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly Black part of the city. Armed with an AR-15 and covered in body armor, he reportedly began shooting people as soon as he got out of his car, briefly livestreaming the massacre on Twitch via a GoPro attached to his helmet. (Twitch says it stopped the stream less than two minutes in.) More than half of the people he murdered were seniors, 65 and older, doing their shopping. For the most part,

    As for how investigators know Gendron to be a white supremacist, his digital footprint offers a few clues. According to the Associated Press, video footage suggests he specifically avoided shooting white people in the store: “At one point, he trains his weapon on a white person cowering behind a checkout counter, but says ‘Sorry!’ and doesn’t shoot.” And then there is the 180-page manifesto Gendron published online ahead of the meticulously planned attack, vowing to — as the New York Times summarized — “kill as many Black people as possible.” The document reportedly catalogues Gendron’s fear that white Americans may one day be supplanted by people of color, a nationalist conspiracy known as the “great replacement” theory. A flash point for racist paranoia, the great-replacement warning has shown up in several pre-shooting screeds over the past decade; increasingly, it’s being embraced not just by right-wing extremists but also by more mainstream GOP figures.

    The great-replacement doctrine warns that, largely because of immigration, non-white people will soon replace white people in the United States and other western countries. Its primary concerns are ostensibly political: Namely, that white citizens’ opinions and aims will be drowned out by a hostile agenda advanced by people of color.
    Neither of these groups is a monolith that can be counted on to vote exactly the same way — one reason of many that the ideological scaffolding does not stand up to scrutiny. But then it doesn’t stop with voting: At this year’s March for Life rallies opposing abortion rights, members of the white-nationalist Patriot Front made high-profile appearances, in some cases handing out literature about the “restoration of the American Family.” The (unfounded) concern among many such groups on the far right is that falling birthrates among white women will lead to other demographics overwhelming white populations.

    All of which is to say the real panic here is cultural, existential, and deeply racist. It boils down to a fear that white people of European (and Christian) descent will eventually become extinct — or as Adolphus Belk Jr., a Winthrop University professor of political science and African American studies, explained it to NPR, that “whites will no longer be a majority of the general population, but a plurality, and see that as a threat to their own well-being and the well-being of the nation."

    Rest of piece at link below.

    The second link is to a video of Tucker Carlson repeatedly touting replacement Theory.

  8. by Curt_Anderson on May 16, 2022 2:32 pm
    "Essentially, I was asking for examples of White Supremacist things GOPs are saying they could tone down." -HtS

    "[Elise] Stefanik, meanwhile, declared in ads last September that Democrats would legalize undocumented immigrants in a 'PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION.' That’s a vile replacement trope pushed by the No. 3 in the House GOP leadership."

    Marjory Taylor Greene, in a tweet, criticized Liz Cheney for her denunciation of white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism.

    "Make America Great Again" is a dog whistle for all those who pine for the days when Caucasian Americans were a majority of the US population, at least of the voting population.

    "Anchor babies" is only used in reference to non-Caucasian infants born in the US to non-Caucasian immigrant parents.

    Referring to babies and adults and "illegals". As Donna pointed out, people are not illegal although their acts might be.

  9. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 3:17 pm

    C'mon Donna. Tucker Carlson? Why not demand that Dems silence their own Joy Reid?

  10. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 3:21 pm


    Check the polls. Elise Stephanic is quite a bit more mainstream than you are on the integrity of our borders.

  11. by Curt_Anderson on May 16, 2022 4:11 pm
    "Check the polls. Elise Stephanic is quite a bit more mainstream than you are on the integrity of our borders." -- HtS

    If you are trying to make me feel better, that's not helping. That a large portion of the population are nativists and racists doesn't make me happy. Anybody who whines about immigrants and votes for anti-immigrant politicians has no right to complain about high food costs or inflation generally.

    ground to a near complete halt for 18 months during the coronavirus pandemic — the country is waking up to a labor shortage partly fueled by that slowdown.

    The U.S. has, by some estimates, 2 million fewer immigrants than it would have if the pace had stayed the same, helping power a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that is also contributing to supply shortages and price increases.

    “These 2 million missing immigrants are part of the reason we have a labor shortage,” said Giovanni Peri, an economist at the University of California at Davis, who calculated the shortfall. “In the short run, we are going to adjust to these shortages in the labor market through an increase in wages and in prices.”

  12. by HatetheSwamp on May 16, 2022 4:32 pm

    a large portion of the population are nativists...

    Right. I'm confident that I am among the millions who wish they could just as plain good as are you. But, face it. You're a rare bird.

    BTW, I'm not aware of any anti-immigrant politicians. I'm sure there are some, but none that I know.

  13. by Curt_Anderson on May 16, 2022 5:26 pm
    "BTW, I'm not aware of any anti-immigrant politicians. I'm sure there are some, but none that I know." --HtS

    You might know them better by their usual name, Republicans.

    Are you not familiar with Lou Barletta of your state? His main schtick is his anti-immigration talk.

    In Gov Brian Kemp's campaign ad he said, “I got a big truck, Just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself. Yep, I just said that.” He promised to “track and immediately deport all criminal aliens so our kids don’t become the next victims.”

    Rep. Paul Gosar: This Arizona congressman once suggested that lawyers who help undocumented immigrants should be prosecuted. Earlier this year, he called on Capitol Police to arrest undocumented immigrants attending the president’s State of the Union address.

    Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Adam Laxalt has spent $13,000 running radio touting his opposition to protections for immigrants who were brought to the country as children, commonly known as "Dreamers."

    In Ohio, GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance asked voters in one TV ad, "Are you a racist? Do you hate Mexicans?"

    New Mexico GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rebecca Dow released a video of herself riding a horse along the U.S.-Mexico border. "I'm not here to put on a show," she said while surrounded by men in cowboy hats. "I'm here to... finish President Trump's wall."

  14. by Donna on May 16, 2022 10:37 pm
    Joy Reid isn't nearly as popular among Democratic voters as Tucker Carlson is among Republican voters. In fact Tucker has the #1 rated show on Fox News. Joy Reid's show is stuck in the unenviable 4:00pm slot.

    What did Joy Reid say that has you all wound up? (This is where you consult your favorite wingnut news and commentary source to find out why you're supposed to hate her.)

  15. by Donna on May 16, 2022 11:33 pm
    How 'replacement theory' became prominent in mainstream US politics

    The 18-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket on Saturday in the heart of a Black community in Buffalo appears to have been motivated by a racist, far-right conspiracy theory that has increasingly found footing in mainstream U.S. politics.

    Before traveling more than three hours from Conklin, New York, to the Tops Friendly Market to attack Black people, the alleged gunman, Payton S. Gendron, is believed to have posted a 180-page document on the internet fixated on the notion of "replacement theory," according to authorities.

    "Great Replacement theory is the notion that people from minority populations, both here and in Europe, are replacing the existing white, largely Christian [population]," said Larry Rosenthal, chair and lead researcher of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.

    The theory was embraced by far-right white nationalist groups globally and has inspired targeted mass killings, including the 2015 Charleston church shooting, the 2018 Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting, the 2019 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso and the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand -- incidents that appear to have influenced the alleged Buffalo gunman.

    The posts that investigators are looking at include online writings in which Gendron praises other mass shooters who were also motivated by racist ideology, including South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof and the New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.

    [Remember when the Tiki torch–wielding White supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia chanting, “You will not replace us,” and, “Jews will not replace us?” - Donna]

    One in three American adults believe in elements of "replacement theory" and 42% of Republicans believe in the theory, according to an AP-NORC poll [second link below] released in May.

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