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Alleged Buffalo Shooter Echoes Familiar White Nationalist Political Rhetoric

Alleged Buffalo Shooter Expressed Same White Nationalist Rhetoric as Christchurch Shooter, Tucker Carlson
WASHINGTON -

On Saturday, a gunman killed at least 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. Most of the victims were Black people. Like the shooter who killed 51 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, the alleged perpetrator in Buffalo has been connected to a manifesto espousing the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory and also livestreamed the massacre on social media.

The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Senior Policy Counsel Sumayyah Waheed:

“In Christchurch, New Zealand and El Paso, Texas and Poway, California and now again in Buffalo, New York, a gunman motivated by a white nationalist conspiracy theory about invading immigrants shot and killed people of color. And just like in Christchurch, the alleged Buffalo shooter both posted a manifesto about the ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory and also livestreamed his massacre on social media. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and to the people of Buffalo.

This hateful, white nationalist rhetoric is not just being spread by lone gunmen. It can also be found on cable news and in the rhetoric of politicians today. On his cable news show, Tucker Carlson said that ‘the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World.’ In campaign ads, Donald Trump described Latino immigrants as an ‘invasion.’ In a speech, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called the election of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib ‘an Islamic invasion of our government.’

A nationally broadcast cable news host and prominent elected politicians, including our last president and sitting members of Congress, are normalizing white nationalist, anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-Latino, antisemitic and anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. At the same time, disturbed gunmen are attacking Black people, Latinos, Jews and Muslims. It is clear that white nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.”

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Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination. 

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