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Fri Apr 16, 2021, 03:09 PM

The GOP is raising money off Tucker Carlson's racism

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THIS JUST IN: The Republican Party is raising money by slyly defending Tucker Carlson's recent bout of racism. Carlson is "absolutely right," a GOP fundraising email says, without specifying what he's right about. Please read, RT, and share.

The GOP is raising money off Tucker Carlson's racism
The Republican National Committee's latest fundraising email was really something.
12:02 PM · Apr 16, 2021


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Recent Republican fundraising efforts have been ugly and, worse, have fueled conspiracy theories, hatred, and demagoguery. Sen. Josh Hawley and Donald Trump have raised millions off the Big Lie about the 2020 election. Sen. Ted Cruz this week sent out an email enticing contributions by offering anyone who donates to his campaign war chest a vote on whether “we machine gun [John Boehner’s new memoirs], take a chainsaw to it, or burn the book to light cigars.” (In his book, the former Republican House Speaker slams Cruz as a “reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.” And a bunch of GOP politicos have rattled the cup with false claims that Dr. Seuss was being canceled. But perhaps the foulest fundraising email of recent weeks came a few days ago when the Republican National Committee sought to haul in money by slyly embracing Tucker Carlson’s racism.

The email was zapped out on Wednesday, and it looked like this in my inbox:

“Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.” Now to what was this referring?

A few days earlier, the Fox News host had come under fire for endorsing or legitimizing what’s known as the “great replacement theory”—the racist conspiracy theory that holds that white people in America are purposefully being replaced by people of color. White supremacists and other racists have for years claimed that evil powers have been plotting in this way to destroy white America. As the Anti-Defamation League explains:

“You Will Not Replace Us” is a white supremacist slogan that became popular in early 2017, as did its acronym version, YWNRU. The slogan appeared on white supremacist flyers, banners and graffiti in a variety of places in the first six months of 2017, gaining wider attention when white supremacists used the phrase at several rallies held in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the large and violent Unite the Right event in August 2017.

At one of those rallies, racist demonstrators also shouted, “Jews will not replace us!”

The ADL notes that this conspiratorial notion was popularized with a 2011 book by a French author titled The Great Replacement, which contended that the mass immigration of Black people and Muslims into Europe would supplant traditional European culture. “Such arguments,” according to the ADL, “evolved into ‘replacement theory,’ which became popular with the far right in several European countries…Replacement theory was promoted as early as 2015 by American white supremacist groups.”


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Fri Apr 16, 2021, 08:43 PM

1. Because of course they are. Disgusting. nt

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