Pelosi condemns ‘grand replacement theory’, says resolution will consign lawmakers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the House would vote on a resolution condemning the “great replacement theory” as a form of white supremacy.

Democratic leaders said they felt the need to hold the vote Thursday following the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, in which a racist gunman targeted black grocery stores, killing 10 people.

Authorities and media have linked the replacement theory – a belief that foreign-born arrivals crowd out native-born – by pointing to a 180-page document allegedly written by the 18-year-old shooter. year. It included racist screeds and complaints about a declining white birth rate.

“What is happening with this grand alternative conspiracy theory is detrimental to our country. It endangers our people, it weakens our country and poses a threat to our democracy,” said Ms Pelosi, California Democrat. “The combination of this replacement theory and gun violence is toxic, explosive and we’ve seen it takes lives.”

In its most extreme form, the replacement theory has been used by hate crime killers to justify mass shootings. But a more common view, shared by a significant portion of Americans, is that newcomers are taken in by a political party for political advantage.

Ms Pelosi and her troops said insecurity about newcomers to the United States dates back centuries and is seeing a resurgence through online channels.

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“When the Italians came to Providence [Rhode Island], it was the others. When the Jews came to New York, it was the others. African Americans were here — and they were the others,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland.

President Biden and congressional Democrats reacted to the May 14 shooting in Buffalo by focusing on the shooter’s ideology and complaining that right-wing broadcasters had amplified talk about replacing or losing political influence whites.

The horrific shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas has pivoted the discussion about gun restrictions.

“We must also fight hate in all its forms to truly build a multiracial democracy, the one we all so desperately want,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Democrat of New York. “In Congress, we need to address both the issue of gun control and the root causes of hate.”

The replacement theory resolution would not change policy, but would require lawmakers to address the concept through a roll-call vote in a midterm election year.

“The great replacement theory has become mainstream,” said Mr. Bowman, who drafted the resolution. “Nazi thinking veiled in the form of political joke can no longer go unnoticed.”

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What has become known as the replacement theory in current political debate began with Renaud Camus – a former socialist and gay rights icon – and texts he wrote in 2010 and 2011 setting out his concerns about the waves of foreigners causing a clash of cultures in Europe.

These ideas were chanted by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, and later attributed to mass shooters in Pittsburgh, El Paso, Texas, and Buffalo, New York – and are now attached to those who have used the word “invasion” to describe the continued influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.

House Democrats directly linked the theory to the Buffalo tragedy.

The resolution, which lawmakers must vote to support or reject, reads: “Condemning the atrocity that occurred in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, 2022, in which 10 Americans were killed and 3 injured, and in which 11 of the 13 victims were Black Americans, condemning the Great Replacement Theory as a white supremacist conspiracy theory and reaffirming the House of Representatives’ commitment to combat white supremacy, hatred and injustice racial.

Stephen Dinan contributed to this story.

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