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On Wednesday evening, after weeks of fierce pushback, Fox News' Tucker Carlson once again pushed the white nationalist "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory — a narrative pushed by extremist groups that there is a deliberate plot to crowd white people out of Western nations and replace them with dark-skinned foreigners. And during the segment, he burst out in angry laughter, responding to criticism of the idea from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
"Well, Ted Lieu is a member of Congress, he's a Democrat, he represents the state of California, he's really smart, he went to Stanford, so when you hear him speak, you're really hearing the Democratic Party's brain trust on display," said Carlson. "With that in mind, we wanted to bring you one of his more recent pronouncements, a tweet in response to one of his colleagues, Congressman Scott Perry. Now, Perry was making an argument we have often made, because it's true, and that is that Democrats are using mass immigration to transform the country to change who votes so they can control who wins."
"Ted Lieu was VERY annoyed that Scott Perry said this," said Carlson. "And so he sent the following tweet, and he was clearly enraged as he did. Quote, 'Dear @RepScottPerry: Native-born Americans like you are no more American, and no less American, than an immigrant like me.' Good point, we agree with that. And then he said this: 'And with every passing year, there will be more people who look like me in the US. You can't stop it. So take your racist replacement theory and shove it.'"
"In other words, you're being replaced, and there's nothing you can do about it! So shut up!" added Carlson, breaking out in sharp laughter.
Tucker Carlson reiterates the so-called "Great Replacement Theory" conspiracy theory, which has embraced by white s… https://t.co/877WKsaD6N— John Whitehouse (@John Whitehouse)1619052128.0
Democratic policing bill could actually make a difference in police brutality says former federal prosecutor
The federal government has a minor role in community policing, which is generally governed by state and local communities. But in the Democrats' George Floyd Policing Act, there are things that at least one former federal prosecutor thinks could make things better.
Writing for MSNBC's website on Wednesday, Joyce White Vance explained that "true restorative justice" for George Floyd, and all of the other victims of police brutality, "means we must not stop here if we are going."
She confessed that given the U.S. has 50 states and 16 territories with their own individual rules and regulations, it can get complicated.
"Agency regulations and laws at every level of government will need to be reformulated to promote a culture in which police act as guardians, while professionals with expertise in areas like mental health and addiction are engaged where they can serve," explained Vance. "Communities need to rethink where police resources are allocated, like routine traffic stops. Much of the transformation in policing will take place as part of a patchwork quilt. Some departments may move quickly, while others will prove more resistant to change."
That's why the George Floyd Policing Act is so important, she explained. It would unify policing across the board, making life a lot easier for prosecutors to file cases for "excessive force cases under 18 USC 242, the federal civil rights statute." It would also allow federal prosecutors to step in when states refuse to prosecute for political reasons.
"This law makes it a federal crime for law enforcement officers to deprive people of federally protected rights because of their race," said Vance.
The other thing the bill would do is to reduce the "inappropriately stringent burden" on prosecutors to prove the officer meant to "deprive a person of his or her constitutional rights." Instead, the burden would be "roof of knowledge or recklessness." It would still protect officers against absurd prosecutions, but it would give federal prosecutors the ability "to backstop state criminal justice systems."
Vace explained it would also restore law enforcement requirements to train over implicit bias, stop racial profiling, and create reporting of "use of force" incidents so that the data can be gathered to research the problem.
"Passing the George Floyd Act would put us on a path toward restoring credibility in policing and ensuring that communities regain confidence in law enforcement," Vance closed, noting that there would still be work to do, but it would be a beginning.
On Wednesday, writing for CNN, Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio outlined how the Republican Party's failure to "quit" the former president and marginalize his dominance with their base spells disaster for them in the future.
This dominance, wrote D'Antonio, was only perpetuated by a new interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity in which he said barring current issues "from a legal standpoint," he is "beyond seriously" considering another run for the presidency.
"Trump's announcement that he's 'beyond seriously' considering a 2024 bid plays right into the dynamic that keeps him in control of the party," wrote D'Antonio. "It applies pressure to would-be candidates for almost any office, who will be asked to declare their fealty to Trump, and it could paralyze any effort to craft a post-Trump party that could actually win a majority of the votes cast in a national election."
"Since 1992, Republicans have lost the popular vote in every presidential election except for 2004, when George W. Bush won reelection," wrote D'Antonio. "As Bush would know, the country is served best when both major parties present ideas and competent candidates with the temperament and integrity required for public service. Trump has, for years, pulled the GOP away from its roots as a functioning party in service to democracy and toward one-man rule. After a brief hiatus, he's back and offering more of the same."
Already, Republicans are paying a price for their loyalty to Trump; in the aftermath of the Capitol riot inspired by the former president's election conspiracy theories, voters are shedding their GOP registrations, including people who voted for him.
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