GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik Pushes ‘Great Replacement Theory’ Following Buffalo Shooting
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York), who is the third-ranking House Republican, double-downed on her effort to push the “great replacement” theory on Monday following Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that is being investigated as a racially motivated hate crime.
The shooter believed in the “great replacement theory,” which is the idea that white Americans are being replaced by people of other races and color, and named it as one of his motives.
“Democrats desperately want wide open borders and mass amnesty for illegals allowing them to vote,” the Congresswoman wrote in a Monday tweet. “Like the vast majority of Americans, Republicans want to secure our borders and protect election integrity.”
Democrats desperately want wide open borders and mass amnesty for illegals allowing them to vote.
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Like the vast majority of Americans, Republicans want to secure our borders and protect election integrity.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 16, 2022
The Congresswoman’s views sparked a backlash from members of her own party as information started to come out about the shooter’s motives.
“Did you know: Elise Stefanik pushes white replacement theory?” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) asked. “The #3 in the house GOP. Liz Cheney got removed for demanding the truth. [House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy] should be asked about this.”
Stefanik Blasted for 'Despicable' Facebook Ads Pushing 'Replacement Theory' https://t.co/RcuzJ37BiE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 14, 2022
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who was replaced by Stefanik as the No. 3 GOP House member after criticizing former President Donald Trump, also released a statement calling on her Republican colleagues to renounce white supremacy. She did not name Stefanik directly.
“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse,” she wrote. “GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 16, 2022
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