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Scrutiny of Republicans who embrace ‘great replacement theory' after Buffalo massacre

Added 05-16-22 08:09:02am EST - “Extremist ideology has found favor with media figures like Tucker Carlson and also with elected politicians and others seeking office” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Scrutiny of Republicans who embrace ‘great replacement theory’ after Buffalo massacre”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Extremist ideology has found favor with media figures like Tucker Carlson and also with elected politicians and others seeking office

The massacre by a white supremacist gunman of Black shoppers at a Buffalo grocery store has drawn renewed scrutiny of Republican figures in the US who have embraced the racist “great replacement theory” he is alleged to have used as justification for the murders.

Born from far-right nationalism, the extremist ideology expounding the view that immigration will ultimately destroy white values and western civilization has found favor not only with media figures, such as conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson, but a host of elected politicians and others seeking office.

Those who have convinced themselves Democrats are operating an open-door immigration policy to “replace” Republican voters with people of color and keep themselves in power permanently include congresswoman Elise Stefanik, chair of her party’s House conference, and JD Vance, the Donald Trump-approved Republican nominee to represent Ohio in the US Senate.

After the Buffalo shooting, the pair are among those receiving blowback for encompassing the conspiracy theory that the killer referred to repeatedly in an online manifesto authorities believe he posted to justify the attack.

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