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GOP lawmakers scorched for promoting the 'hateful paranoid nonsense' that led to the Buffalo mass shooting
In a blunt column for the conservative Bulwark, Cato Senior Fellow Cathy Young raged against the spread of the so-called "replacement theory" that played a major part in prompting an 18-year-old white man in New York to go on a shooting rampage Saturday afternoon in a Buffalo-area grocery store situated in a community that is reportedly 80 percent black.
As Young put it, "Those who follow the news know that this is far from the first time “replacement theory” has figured in the ravings of a mass shooter," before adding, "We know these ideas are floating out there. We also know that, disturbingly, “replacement theory” is being mainstreamed on the right," the columnist specifying Fox News host Tucker Carlson who has repeatedly claimed that Democrats are trying to "replace" Americans with immigrants.
As Young notes, two prominent Republican lawmakers have also taken up the "replacement theory" banner, with Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeting, "The Left/Media think of replacement solely on race/ethnicity terms. I don't at all. Democrats failed voters who relied on them to run their states/cities. Now they are importing new voters. That is my argument. Those reading more into it are projecting their own bias."
Add to that, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who Young explained, ".. jumped on the bandwagon as well with a Facebook ad claiming that the Democrats were going to use amnesty for illegal immigrants to 'overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.'"
"This is hateful, stupid, paranoid nonsense," she wrote before adding, "It is also, need I point out, the epitome of collectivist 'identity politics' the right sometimes likes to deplore in its progressive guises."
Noting that a recent poll shows that a third of Americans "agree at least somewhat that 'There is a group of people in this country who are trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants who agree with their political views,'" Young wrote, "In a sane and decent political climate, both media figures and political figures on the right would quickly and emphatically disavow “great replacement” as un-American, race-baiting nonsense. Which means … don’t hold your breath."
"That was a joke. Cue bitter laugh," she lamented.
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called on public figures to condemn the so-called great replacement theory that is linked to a race-based shooting in Buffalo.
According to reports, an 18-year-old white supremacist opened fire on Black customers at a supermarket over the weekend.
During a Sunday interview on Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Buttigieg if there should be a new law to criminalize domestic terrorism.
Buttigieg said that President Joe Biden would set the policy on new legislation.
The secretary added: "This would be a good day for every politician in this country -- left, right and center -- every media figure in this country -- left, right and center -- to come out and unequivocally condemn white nationalism," he asserted, "so-called 'replacement theory' and any other hateful ideology that could have contributed to something like this."
The "replacement theory" or "great replacement theory" claims that white Americans are being replaced by immigrants and other minorities. The theory has been repeated by Fox News hosts, including Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
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'Those are babies too': Nebraska's GOP governor plans to outlaw abortion exceptions for rape and incest victims
During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) made it perfectly clear that, if Roe v Wade is overturned by the conservative Supreme Court as expected, he doesn't want to see any exceptions made for victims of rape or incest.
Speaking with host Dana Bash, the lawmaker brushed aside concerns about victims of horrific crimes being forced to give birth.
With Nebraska having just failed to pass a so-called "trigger law" that would ban abortions entirely, host Bash asked, "The abortion ban you tried to pass did not include any exceptions for rape or incest,” then added, "Can you clarify: do you think that the state of Nebraska should require a young girl who was raped to carry that pregnancy to term?”
Ricketts replied by labeling his state as a "pro-life satte" before adding, "Those are babies, too. If Roe v. Wade -- a horrible constitutional decision -- gets overturned by the Supreme Court, which we’re hopeful of, here in Nebraska we’ll take further steps to protect those preborn babies."
“Including in the case of rape or incest?” the CNN host pressed.
“They’re still babies, too. Yes, they’re still babies," he replied before adding, "I will work with our speaker of the legislature to have a special session and do more to protect preborn babies."
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CNN's Dana Bash: "Do you think that the state of Nebraska should require a young girl who was raped to carry that pregnancy to term?"\n\nGov. Pete Ricketts: "Those are babies, too."\n\nBash: "Including in the case of rape or incest?"\n\nRicketts: "Yes, they\u2019re still babies."pic.twitter.com/iFdofhhmve— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1652622188