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Conservative media is familiar with Buffalo suspect’s alleged ‘theory’

The suspect in Saturday’s killing of 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket allegedly wrote a document endorsing “Great replacement theory,” a once-fringe racist idea that became a popular refrain among media figures such as Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham of Fox News and conservative writer Ann Coulter.

Carlson, whose weeknight program is typically the most popular on Fox News, has been an especially avid promoter of the thesis.

In April of last year, he said on Fox News that people from the “Third World” are immigrating to the United States “To replace the current electorate” and “Dilute the political power of the people who live there” – language that essentially distills the replacement thesis.

After he was called out for promoting the theory in April 2021, Carlson said on his show: “I mean, everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory? No, no, no. This is a voting right question.”

Other Fox News hosts besides Carlson have picked up the theme, giving it a veneer of respectability, at least within the conservative media ecosystem.

Charlie Kirk, a conservative pundit who heads Turning Point USA and sometimes appears as a guest on Carlson’s program, defended Carlson’s “Replacement” advocacy last year.

After playing a clip of Carlson’s comments on Fox News, Kirk commented: “Nothing he said there is controversial. It’s factual and it’s true.” He later added that he was “So proud” of Carlson for promoting the theory.

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