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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks to Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Monday, March 24, 2020. (Photo: Fox News/Screengrab)

The Corporate Cash Backing These 'Great Replacement' Republicans

According to an Associated Press poll released earlier this month, portion of U.S. adults who now agree that a group of people is trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains: about 1 in 3.

Sue Sturgis

 by Facing South

Number of deadly racist terror attacks that have been carried out across the U.S. to date by white men motivated by the "great replacement," a racist, antisemitic conspiracy theory that claims elites are trying to replace the white population with people of color, especially immigrants: at least 5

In 2019, number of people murdered at an El Paso Walmart by a white man who cited replacement theory: 23

Number of people murdered in the latest great replacement-related massacre, which was carried out this month by an 18-year-old white man inside a grocery store in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York: 10

Year in which the great replacement, an idea with French roots, came to the forefront of U.S. consciousness when torch-bearing participants in the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanted "Jews will not replace us": 2017

Year in which former U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican and white nationalist, became one of the first national political figures to signal his adherence to the great replacement idea by tweeting, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies": 2017

Before his 2020 primary defeat after he openly expressed support for white supremacy, size of contributions King received in his successful 2018 election cycle from the American Bankers Association, the National Pro-Life Alliance, and Koch Industries: $10,000

Year in which Florida state Sen. Dennis Baxley (R), speaking to public radio about an Alabama anti-abortion law, referred to Western European birthrates and said their "society is disappearing … and it's being replaced by folks that come behind them and immigrate, don't wish to assimilate into that society and they do believe in having children. So you see that there are long range impacts to your society when the answer is to exterminate": 2019

Among the top non-individual donors over the years to Baxley, a former state representative and staunch defender of Confederate memorials, rank of HCA Healthcare, a major Tennessee-based corporation that runs hospitals, urgent care clinics, and other medical facilities: 1

Rank of Walt Disney and the Florida Association of Realtors, respectively: 4, 5

Year in which Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) went on Fox News—a leading promoter of the great replacement theory—and said "the revolution has begun" and that immigration is bringing "millions and millions and millions of new voters, and they will thank the Democrats and Biden for bringing them here": 2021

Rank of the Border Health PAC—the political influence arm of DHR Health, a physician-owned health system serving the U.S. border region—among the biggest non-individual contributors to Patrick's statewide campaign: 1

Rank of Ryan LLC, a Dallas-based tax services and consulting firm, among Patrick's top corporate contributors: 2

Among U.S. House Republicans, current rank of Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who's run ads accusing Democrats of plotting a "permanent election insurrection" through amnesty to undocumented immigrants: 3

Tied ranking of aerospace manufacturer Boeing and multinational accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers among Stefanik's top corporate contributors: 1

Tied ranking of the National Beer Wholesalers Association and aerospace conglomerates Raytheon and Honeywell: 2

Date on which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky condemned the killings in Buffalo but when asked about it did not explicitly criticize replacement theory: 5/17/2022

Among the top corporate contributors to McConnell's Senate campaign, rank of the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association and American Electric Power, respectively: 1, 2

Rank of securities and investment, lawyers and lobbyists, and oil and gas among the top industry contributors to McConnell, respectively: 1, 2, 3

Date on which the Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted by the American Conservative Union, will hold sessions in Hungary featuring a keynote address by anti-democratic nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who delivered a speech two days after the Buffalo massacre in which he explicitly referred to replacement theory: 5/19/2022 and 5/20/2022

Number of shows hosted by Fox News' Tucker Carlson—who will be virtually attending CPAC's Hungary session, along with former North Carolina Congressman and Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows—that promoted replacement theory, according to a New York Times analysis: more than 400

Amount Fox News Media paid to underwrite the 2021 CPAC in Orlando, a top corporate sponsor along with the American Conservative Union and Liberty HealthShare, a self-described "Christian membership-based" nonprofit that helps members pay each other's medical bills: $250,000

According to an Associated Press poll released earlier this month, portion of U.S. adults who now agree that a group of people is trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains: about 1 in 3


© 2021 Institute for Southern Studies
Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the Director and regular contributor to the Institute for Southern Study's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. She is a former staff writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.

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