The Racist ‘Great Replacement’ Conspiracy Theory Is Becoming A Mainstream GOP Talking Point

  

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The Racist ‘Great Replacement’ Conspiracy Theory Is Becoming A Mainstream GOP Talking Point
“‘An unrelenting stream of immigration,” Carlson echoed after the clip ended. “But why? Well, Joe Biden just said it. To change the racial mix of the country. That’s the reason. To reduce the political power of people whose ancestors lived here, and dramatically increase the proportion of Americans newly arrived from the third world.”

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Last week, Tucker Carlson   taught   his millions of primetime viewers about something he referred to as the official policy of the Biden administration: “The great replacement,” Carlson said. “The replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far-away countries.” 

Carlson had just finished commenting on the “flood” of Haitian asylum seekers at the border. He said the situation was “awful on every level” before implying that the Haitians would overwhelm America’s hospitals and schools. Then, he said the “suicidal” policy was, in fact, all part of a more sinister plan. 

The blatant racism that followed used to be at least slightly taboo among right-wing elites. Not anymore.

Carlson laid things out for viewers with a   spliced-and-diced   clip of Joe Biden from 2015, in which the then-vice president referred to the “unrelenting stream of immigration” as a benefit throughout American history. Biden predicted that by 2017, people who were “Caucasian, of European descent” such as himself would be a minority in the United States. “That’s not a bad thing,” he added. “That’s a source of our strength.”

“‘An unrelenting stream of immigration,” Carlson echoed after the clip ended. “But why? Well, Joe Biden just said it. To change the racial mix of the country. That’s the reason. To reduce the political power of people whose ancestors lived here, and dramatically increase the proportion of Americans newly arrived from the third world.”



Tucker Carlson outright calls Biden's immigration policy a "great replacement" likens it to "eugenics."   pic.twitter.com/K228CnNK1H — nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR)   September 23, 2021


As Carlson faced a wave of criticism for the comments, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reiterated the point on his behalf,   writing   Monday that Democrats “are importing new voters.”

If Americans have become numb to this sort of bigotry — referring to “imported,” “third world” immigrants as “obedient” in comparison to “legacy Americans” and “people whose ancestors have lived here” — it may be because the “great replacement” conspiracy theory has exploded in popularity among right-wing elites in recent months. 

As the Biden administration   resettles   thousands of refugees from Afghanistan and accepts   a portion   of Haitian asylum-seekers at the border, the right has grown more openly extreme.

“Absolutely, ‘great replacement’ theory is being mainstreamed by a number of politicians and pundits, basically on the right,” said Marilyn Mayo, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. Carlson is only the tip of the iceberg.

‘A Third-World Electorate’


The “great replacement” theory posits that immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are merely political pawns for left-wing politicians intent on erasing whites from the United States. The term itself dates from a 2011 book of the same name by the French writer Renaud Camus, though the idea of a white population being purposefully displaced — often at the direction of Jews — is much older. The 1973 novel “Camp Of The Saints,” for example, imagines a rush of Indian immigrants overrunning the French coast like an “anthill slashed open.” The book has been   cited   by far-right politicians including France’s Marine Le Penn and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. 

In recent years, the “great replacement” conspiracy theory has inspired white terrorists around the world, including two American   synagogue   shooters , the   El Paso   Walmart shooter , and the Christchurch, New Zealand   mosque shooter .

Gunmen motivated by the theory have killed 99 people since 2018, according to   a report   from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism in July last year. 

One of the authors of that report, Wendy Via, noted in an interview that the conspiracy theory had become shockingly commonplace among mainstream Republican politicians and conservative commentators. 

“It is like night-and-day in terms of people using this phrasing,” since last year, Via said.

The conspiracy theory is now asserted unapologetically: In April, when Carlson said Democrats were “trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters, from the third world,” the Anti-Defamation League called for his firing and Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch offered a   meager defense   of the host. 

This time, Carlson skipped the formalities. “Fuck them,” he   said   of the ADL in an interview with Megyn Kelly Friday.

Republican politicians and pundits seem to sense the wind changing.

Last month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “the anti-American left would love to drown traditional classic Americans with as many people as they can who know nothing of American history, nothing of American tradition, nothing of the rule of law.” 

This month, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House,   released an ad   warning of a “permanent election insurrection” if Democrats’ are able to provide a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants — which she referred to as an effort to “overthrow our current electorate.” 

A few days later, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) referred to Democrats’ “open borders” strategy as key to a Democratic takeover.

“They want to replace the American electorate with a third-world electorate that will be on welfare and public assistance, put them on a path to citizenship and amnesty, enfranchise them with a vote, and they will have a permanent majority,” Babin said.

‘Somebody Else’s Babies’


It was only recently that “great replacement” talk was relegated to the far right. 

Take, for example,   former Rep. Steve King (R-IA ), who   told   a   far-right   Austrian publication in 2018 that “We are replacing our American culture 2 to 1 every year” via the addition of “somebody else’s babies.” 

Fox News and Donald Trump, of course, softened the ground with   relentless   attacks   on immigrants. Trump’s reelection campaign ran   thousands of ads   referring to the “invasion” at the southern border.

“During these last few years, there’s been a sense that it’s much more normalized to voice these things openly,” Mayo said. “We’re seeing that where Tucker Carlson will say — very explicitly this past week — that whites are being replaced, and you’ll have people saying ‘He’s not saying anything racist, he’s just telling the truth.’” 

“This is not something that is a conspiracy at all to them, this is real,” she added. “They actually feel threatened.” 

Stephen Miller, Trump’s sounding board for immigration policy, was even more explicit, saying in   private emails   ahead of the 2016 election that Jeb Bush used “immigration to replace existing demographics.” But Miller’s extreme views are now nearly GOP orthodoxy.

“We have always had this problem, but now folks in power have a term to explain away their racism, to explain away their nativism,” Via said. 

“We’ve always wanted to keep immigrants out. We’ve always wanted to keep Black and brown people out. We’ve always wanted to keep their numbers low and disempowered. But now we have a reason to do it in the form of the ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory.” 


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
The “great replacement” theory posits that immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are merely political pawns for left-wing politicians intent on erasing whites from the United States. The term itself dates from a 2011 book of the same name by the French writer Renaud Camus, though the idea of a white population being purposefully displaced — often at the direction of Jews — is much older. The 1973 novel “Camp Of The Saints,” for example, imagines a rush of Indian immigrants overrunning the French coast like an “anthill slashed open.” The book has been      cited       by far-right politicians including France’s Marine Le Penn and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. 

In recent years, the “great replacement” conspiracy theory has inspired white terrorists around the world, including two American      synagogue       shooters   , the      El Paso       Walmart shooter   , and the Christchurch, New Zealand      mosque shooter   .

Gunmen motivated by the theory have killed 99 people since 2018, according to      a report       from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism in July last year. 
 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Their greatest fear is being 'outnumbered' by those who they have abused and killed for centuries.  

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Democrats have been pushing this theory for years. Book have been written by prominent  liberals board like this have been filled with promises of Republican doom in Texas and other places because of "changing demographics."  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    2 weeks ago

How can white people say they have some sort of unique claim on America? Since they took the land from non whites and enslaved non whites ? 

 
 
 
gooseisback
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2.1.1  gooseisback  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 weeks ago
How can white people say they have some sort of unique claim on America?

Last time I checked only "Americans" have that unique claim.  Maybe you should ask yourself why many of the Democrats still in office were totally against illegal entry to this country not that long ago. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    2 weeks ago

“‘An unrelenting stream of immigration,” Carlson echoed after the clip ended. “But why? Well, Joe Biden just said it. To change the racial mix of the country. That’s the reason. To reduce the political power of people whose ancestors lived here, and dramatically increase the proportion of Americans newly arrived from the third world.”

Racist? Yes or no ? 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

Except for Native Americans all of us came from somewhere else

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago
Except for Native Americans all of us came from somewhere else

So did they.................

The ancestors of living Native Americans arrived in what is now the United States at least 15,000 years ago, possibly much earlier, from Asia via Beringia . [3]

Scientists have found that Native American populations - from Canada to the southern tip of Chile - arose from at least three migrations, with the majority descended entirely from a single group of First American migrants that crossed over through Beringia, a land bridge between Asia and America that existed during the ice ages, more than 15,000 years ago.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2    2 weeks ago

How is that different than ancient man migrating out of Africa and settling in Europe and Asia. From there it was only logical for man to migrate to the Americas. Did they displace anyone? We don't know do we? But we do know Europeans displaced the natives that were already here and had been here long before the Europeans showed up

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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3.2.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2    2 weeks ago

Go there if you must, but I wouldn't recommend it.  First People are called First People for a reason.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2.1    2 weeks ago

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JohnRussell
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3.2.4  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2    2 weeks ago

Jim where does it say, anywhere, that America should remain a "white" country?  I mean other than in white supremacist literature ? 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.2.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.2.2    2 weeks ago

Good answer!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    2 weeks ago

Just where in the fuck did you pull that from?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.7  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2.1    2 weeks ago

 I wasn't disputing what you said just showing a little history FFS. I know they were here first and displaced no one. Don't know why you felt the need to jump well except we sit on opposite sides of the aisle most times.

So fucking sorry to intrude.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.2.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.7    2 weeks ago

Wow....just a bit touchy aren't we? And one of your buddies says I have temper tantrums. I know the history of the Americas...I got A's in history. I was just pointing out that we all came from somewhere and that deep down...we are all African

P.S. That bit of theater you offered us is the same theater offered up to us every time this subject comes up

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.9  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2.8    2 weeks ago

That's a real nice fucking apology ain't it!  Or a wonderful fucking instance of admitting 'I'm wrong'.   OR NOT

LOL!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.2.10  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @3.2.9    2 weeks ago

Water off a duck's back....

 
 
 
Tacos!
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5  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

Obviously, if any of this is based in racism, we should condemn it on that basis. However, unless I really know someone, I will hesitate to accuse someone of being racist solely because they have a political opinion similar to a known racist. That’s important because our level of concern over this issue exists along a spectrum.

At it’s core, the replacement concern is something we all share. We have screened new citizens for a long time and there is bipartisan support for that screening. We want people to have respect for our laws, and to know some of our history. We don’t just just let anyone become part of our national community without some minimal demonstration of being invested in our ideological traditions of liberty and justice.

Some natives, though, reach a point where they see everyone coming in as somehow destroying everything Americans have spent 2 1/2 centuries building. I can’t see that position as having a rational basis. I think most people come to America actively looking for those very things that we value so much. I don’t think most immigrants come here to tear all that down.

If anything, I see a greater eroding of those values in the native population, which grows up ignorant and apathetic of our traditions. To see it in action, there is an endless supply of “person on the street” interviews done for laughs that showcase how little Americans know of their own country. Too often, immigrants have greater knowledge and respect for our traditions than people who were born here.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @5    2 weeks ago
I see a greater eroding of those values in the native population, which grows up ignorant and apathetic of our traditions.

I'm assuming you mean "natives" that were born and raised here regardless of skin color/ethnicity

 
 
 
Tacos!
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5.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 weeks ago

Yes. I figured that was evident from the context.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

I left my brain in my other pants this morning, so if I'm going to assume something, I want to ask questions to make sure I'm right. Thanks

 
 
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