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Upstate Paper Blasted Stefanik For Parroting ‘Replacement’ Rhetoric Months Ago

Saturday’s mass shooting in New York occurred less than eight months after a local newspaper scolded a Republican congresswoman for pushing the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory.

“A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and live-streaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as ‘racially motived violent extremism.’ The gunman wore body armor and military-style clothing during the attack on mostly Black shoppers and workers at Tops Friendly Market,” the Times Union reported Saturday.

The suspect was identified by the newspaper as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York.

Prior to the shooting, the white 18-year-old reportedly posted a 106-page manifesto citing the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory as motivation.

In September of 2021, the newspaper’s editorial board wrote about the conspiracy theory.

“Back in 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., carrying torches and chanting, ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us.’ Decent Americans recoiled at the undeniable echo of Nazi Germany,” began the editorial, which was illustrated with a photo of the notorious Charlottesville tiki torch march.

“That rhetoric has been resonating ever since in the right wing, repackaged lately in what’s known as ‘replacement theory,’ espoused by conservative media figures like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. And it has seeped into the mainstream political discourse in the Capital Region, where Rep. Elise Stefanik has adapted this despicable tactic for campaign ads,” the editorial board wrote.

Stefanik, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, is the third-ranking Republican in Congress.

Saturday’s mass shooting in New York occurred less than eight months after a local newspaper scolded a Republican congresswoman for pushing the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory.

“A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and live-streaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as ‘racially motived violent extremism.’ The gunman wore body armor and military-style clothing during the attack on mostly Black shoppers and workers at Tops Friendly Market,” the Times Union reported Saturday.

The suspect was identified by the newspaper as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York.

Prior to the shooting, the white 18-year-old reportedly posted a 106-page manifesto citing the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory as motivation.

In September of 2021, the newspaper’s editorial board wrote about the conspiracy theory.

“Back in 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., carrying torches and chanting, ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us.’ Decent Americans recoiled at the undeniable echo of Nazi Germany,” began the editorial, which was illustrated with a photo of the notorious Charlottesville tiki torch march.

“That rhetoric has been resonating ever since in the right wing, repackaged lately in what’s known as ‘replacement theory,’ espoused by conservative media figures like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. And it has seeped into the mainstream political discourse in the Capital Region, where Rep. Elise Stefanik has adapted this despicable tactic for campaign ads,” the editorial board wrote.

Stefanik, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, is the third-ranking Republican in Congress.

“Ms. Stefanik isn’t so brazen as to use the slogans themselves; rather, she couches the hate in alarmist anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s become standard fare for the party of Donald Trump. And she doesn’t quite attack immigrants directly; instead, she alleges that Democrats are looking to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants in order to gain a permanent liberal majority, or, as she calls it, a ‘permanent election insurrection.’ Quite a choice of words, of course, considering that the country is still suffering the aftershocks of the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington by supporters of Mr. Trump who tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election,” the newspaper wrote.

The editorial board wrote that Stefanik knew what she was doing was wrong.

“The Harvard-educated Ms. Stefanik surely knows the sordid history and context of this. The idea of stoking racial, ethnic, and religious tribalism among voters dates back to this country’s earliest days. At various times, politicians have warned that Catholics, Jews, or Muslims were out to change the ‘culture,’ or that Irish, Italian, Asian or eastern European immigrants would take the jobs — to ‘replace’ white, Protestant Americans,” the editorial board explained. “If there’s anything that needs replacing in this country — and in the Republican party — it’s the hateful rhetoric that Ms. Stefanik and far too many of her colleagues so shamelessly spew.”

Stefanik did not mention racism in her statement on the shooting, but did mention National Police Week.

Stefanik is not the only Republican member of Congress with history on the issue.

Also in September of 2021, after the Anti-Defamation League called on the network to fire Tucker Carlson for pushing the racist conspiracy theory, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) declared the ADL “a racist organization” and claimed Carlson “is CORRECT about Replacement Theory as he explains what is happening to America.”



Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Feds Might Already Have Arrested Senior Trump Officials

Attorney General Merrick Garland has received harsh criticism for apparently not having indicted any top Trump associates for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But one national security expert argued on Sunday that we might not know if arrests have occurred.

One of Garland's prominent critics is the man who taught him constitutional law at Harvard Law School.

"Merrick Garland will be one of the greatest Attorneys General in American history, bar none. As my brilliant con law student, a principled prosecutor, and later a superb DC Circuit judge, he has displayed integrity, courage, fair-mindedness, and humanity," Laurence Tribe tweeted hours before the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In the year since, Tribe has grown frustrated with Garland's public performance.

Security researcher Marcy Wheeler, who posts online under the handle "emptywheel," suggested that the timeline of the Mueller investigation shows the Department of Justice may not be moving any more slowly in the investigation of January 6.

"A lot of people like to claim WE'D (sic) know if DOJ had taken actions to investigate Trump and say that DOJ is moving too slowly as compared with the lightning (sic) fast Mueller investigation." she wrote, referring to ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos.

She noted we did not learn Manafort had been busted until even later in the investigation.

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

Alex Jones Denounces Trump As ‘Ignorant Or Evil’ In ‘Emergency Christmas Message’

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones issued an "Emergency Christ Message" to Donald Trump following the former president's defense of Covid-19 vaccines.

“Oh no, the vaccines work,” Trump told Candace Owens. “But some people are the ones — the ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice. And if you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”Jones blasted Trump for acknowledging the reality of vaccines.

“This is an emergency Christmas Day warning to President Trump. You are either completely ignorant about the so-called vaccine gene therapy that you helped ram through with Operation Warp Speed or you are one of the most evil men who has ever lived to push this toxic poison on the public and to attack your constituents who simply try to save their lives and the lives of others," he said.

"We're about to lay out the basic, incontrovertible facts that you told Candace Owens just a few days ago is nothing but a raft of dirty lies," he said.

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

Top Aide Quits After Greene’s Public Meltdown On Capitol Steps

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lost her most senior staffer on Friday after she made a scene on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

NBC News reported Greene "instigated a shouting match with a group of House Democrats who were holding an event outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday."Greene screamed that Democrats support "murder" for supporting abortion rights.

Following the incident, Greene announced that her chief of staff had "advised" her that he would no longer be working in her office.

"I want to thank my Chief of Staff, Patrick Parsons, for helping me take the fight to the Socialist Democrats as I've transitioned into Congress. He's advised me he will be moving back into the political arena to help elect America First conservatives who can fight alongside me," she posted to Twitter.


Exposed: Neo-Nazi Activities Of Oklahoma Police Chief

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

A Texas television station investigating white supremacist hate in their region was startled to discover a website linked to the newly-appointed Colbert, Oklahoma police chief.

It started with all of the attention the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map” received following the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Reporter Rachel Knapp of KXII noticed a single hategroup in the Texoma region and began investigating. The website — ISD Records — had filed paperwork in 2004 with the signature of Bart Asbrook.

A Bart Alsbrook was hired as Colbert’s interim police chief — just last week. Asbrook is the third chief hired so far this year.

“We called Alsbrook about that application last week. He denied he was the Bart Alsbrook behind isdrecords.com,” KXII reported. “We searched for another Bart Alsbrook and couldn’t find another person with that name in the United States.”

Alsbrook’s initial denial was suspect after the site was taken offline “within hours” of the reporter’s questioning.

“When we called him back to ask him about it, Alsbrook claimed a group of skinheads stole his wallet and began using his name after a fight at a heavy metal concert in the 1990’s,” KXII reported.

KXII noted that Alsbrook was once charged with attempted murder, but the charge was later dropped. Alsbrook is currently only certified as a reserve officer, which means he will be required to earn his peace officer certification within six months.

In 2005, SPLC revealed that “Blood & Honour USA’s Texas coordinator Bart Alsbrook” had traveled to Ohio for “Blood and Honour” meetings with “skinhead groups from at least eight states.

ISD records sells “Combat 18” patches, which are associated with the “Blood and Honour” skinhead movement. The ’18’ in the name is derived from the initials of Adolf Hitler.

“Throughout the 1990’s Combat 18 was associated with acts of terrorism and violence including arson attacks,” the BBC reported.

Other items sold include a Blood & Honour patch along with Hitler Youth, KKK, SS, swastika and confederate flags.

Music includes “Hitler was Right” and “Start up the Panzers.”

Watch the KXII report: