Right-wing Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.) has been denounced by her local newspaper for touting the racist ‘great replacement theory’ just months before an accused serial killer used it to justify a racist massacre in Stefanik State.
“How far, Mrs. Stefanik?” asked the Albany Times Union editorial in September.
Stefanik, a follower of Donald Trump who is now the third Republican in the House of Representatives, was condemned by the newspaper for a Facebook ad campaign that promoted the racist plot to replace white people with people of color by the immigration or, possibly, by violence. Other right-wing figures, including Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, also spearheaded the racist lie.
Payton Gedron, the accused Buffalo supermarket shooter, repeatedly cited the theory in an online treatise before he shot 13 people, killing 10 – most of them black.
Stefanik’s advertisements did not specifically name the theory, but clearly hinted at his racist view. The Republican legislator “does not have the audacity to use the [usual theory] slogans themselves; instead, she layers hate in scaremongering anti-immigrant rhetoric that has become standard fare for Donald Trump’s party,” the Albany Times Union op-ed charged.
“The idea of America as a melting pot is not an idealist left-wing fiction; it is part of the foundation of this nation’s greatness,” the newspaper wrote. “If there’s anything that needs replacing in this country — and in the Republican Party — it’s the hateful rhetoric that Ms. Stefanik and far too many of her colleagues have so transparently spat out.”
Stefanik’s announcement accused President Joe Biden and Democrats of fomenting a “permanent election insurgency” by allowing growing numbers of immigrants into the United States and expanding citizenship to undocumented immigrants to capture their votes. It was all a ploy to outnumber white Republican voters to silence them, she claimed.
Stefanik’s senior adviser, Alex deGrasse, told The Times Union on Sunday that lawmakers never supported the replacement theory — or racism. He told the Washington Post that the charges against Stefanik are a “disgusting new low for the left…and the sycophant stenographers in the media.”
“The shooting was an evil act and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” deGrasse added.
Stefanik was roundly attacked last week for accusing mysterious “pedophiles” of somehow causing the shortage of infant formula in the United States.
Critics have warned that such outlandish claims could trigger violence against imaginary enemies. A gunman opened fire in 2016 at a Washington pizzeria identified as the headquarters of the non-existent smuggling operation. No one was hurt. The shooter was sentenced to four years in prison.
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