Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined the chorus of voices accusing the right wing of spreading the same ideology as the shooters in Buffalo, Christchurch, El Paso and other attacks motivated by a racist belief in the “theory of white replacement.
Speaking on the floor of the US Senate on Monday, Schumer criticized conservatives for spreading what he said were “echoes” of the same rantings that the suspect in the Buffalo mass shooting over the weekend exposed in a lengthy manifesto posted online earlier. the attack.
“Unfortunately, with each passing year it seems harder and harder to ignore that echoes of the replacement theory and other racially motivated views are increasingly coming to the fore, and some MAGA Republicans and cable news pundits give them legitimacy,” the Democrat said. Senate leader.
“Every time they falsely claim that millions of undocumented people voted in our elections, every time they loudly and bigotedly lament the disintegration of an imagined classic America, the subtext is clear,” Schumer added, reinforcing his point.
He went on to refer to research published by The New York Times published earlier this year that found Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had expressed online or similar “replacement theory” views in at least 400 episodes of his show.
Carlson and other conservative figures have borne the brunt of the backlash from the left, as well as experts on race-related extremism, following the shooting in Buffalo, where an 18-year-old is accused of killing 10 people after supposedly declaring his intention in a manifesto to kill as many blacks as possible. The manifesto, which has been verified by some media outlets, also includes numerous references to the racist “white replacement theory.”
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, is also among the targets of that criticism given her past campaign rhetoric accusing Democrats of wanting to lure in millions of illegal immigrants, grant them amnesty and use them to ” overthrow” the “current electorate”. ”.
“The Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive move yet: a PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION,” declared one campaign ad. “Your plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will topple our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”
She tried to fight back against that criticism on Monday in a statement accusing journalists of spreading “dangerous” smears about her.
Fox News also pointed to comments Carlson made denying political violence on his show when asked about his prime-time host’s frequent dissemination of rhetoric similar to or expressly equal to “replacement theory.”
Experts are divided on how such rhetoric should be handled in public spaces. In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, the Anti-Defamation League called for legislation to be passed to penalize those who spread such views, while others called for racist beliefs to be challenged in the public square.