The Media’s Big Lie About ‘Great Replacement Theory’ and Conservatism

A racist mass shooter murdered 10 people and injured three more at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store. The shooter was a white supremacist. His hate-filled 180-page explanation of why he had done the shooting was filled with neo Nazi sentiments. According to the shooter the shooter had to kill innocent black Americans in order for the United States to not be overpopulated. 

“We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history,” wrote the perverse murderer. “This is ethnic replacement. This is cultural replacement. This is racial displacement. This is WHITE GENOCIDE.”

The shooter’s theory, generally called the “great replacement theory,” suggests that a shadowy cabal of elites, mainly Jewish, have deliberately undermined the racial purity of European countries by facilitating mass immigration and race-mixing. The shooter deliberately quoted the neo-Nazi slogan—the so-called 14 Words—”We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

He described himself as a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi. The shooter mentioned several internet sources to support his morally sick belief system. He also cited other mass shooters who published similar manifestoes. He did not mention Fox News; he did not mention any mainstream conservative, instead stating, “conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it.”

The left-wing media ignored all of this and determined that the entire conservative movement was somehow responsible for the mass shooting. The New York Times headlined, “Republicans Play on Fears of ‘Great Replacement’ in Bid for Base Voters.”

The Washington Post accused Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., of “echo(ing) racist theory allegedly espoused by Buffalo suspect.” The New Republic headlined, “The Great Replacement Theory Is Just Republican Orthodoxy Now.”

What evidence did media provide to show that conservatives, broadly speaking, believed in the Great Replacement Theory was true? They cited the belief that conservatives are generally open to allowing loose immigration to allow the country to move in a progressive direction. Philip Bump of The Washington Post stated that nearly half of Republicans believed in the great replacement theory, citing a Pew poll that found that almost half of Republicans (and more than one in five Democrats) believed 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.”

This is not the great substitute theory. It focuses on racial purity and not the idea that changing demographics can have an impact on political orientation. This last premise has been taken as a given by the left over decades (even though it’s largely flawed, as evidenced by the changing Hispanic voting habits).

In fact, the left has often argued in favor of demographic change turning the country bluer: in 2003, John Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote a book titled “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” in which they argued that Democrats were building a new electoral coalition “in which white America is supplanted by multiracial, multiethnic America”; in 2012, Greg Sargent of The Washington Post observed, “The story of this election will be all about demographics… Rather than reverting to the older, whiter, more male version (of America’s electorate) Republicans had hoped for, it continues to be defined by what Ron Brownstein has called the ‘coalition of the ascendant’—minorities, young voters, and college educated whites, particularly women”; in 2013, the Center for American Progress stated, “Supporting real immigration reform that contains a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is the only way to maintain electoral strength in the future.”

The goal is clear: To drive away votes from Republicans, you must condense Republican positions and white supremacy. It’s poisonous politics, and it happens to be a lie. Truth is often secondary when it comes to left-wing political parties, which are rooted in the belief that anyone who opposes their preferred policies must be destroyed using every tool at their disposal.


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