Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who is not running for re-election, has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of extremists in his own party. There are plenty of them to call out, and he doesn’t mind at all naming names.
After a mass shooting on Saturday that has been linked to the racist notion of ‘replacement theory,’ a lot of right-wing extremists in politics and media are facing increased scrutiny for their own support of this and other racist ideologies. Kinzinger stands out in his party as a rare individual willing to call out their behavior.
On Sunday, he declared that he had a “replacement theory” of his own — that Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn, Kevin McCarthy, and others in his party who have pushed the “Great Replacement Theory” are the ones who should be ‘replaced,’ in that they should be removed from their powerful government positions.
The replacement theory they are pushing/tolerating is getting people killed.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 15, 2022
Greene and Cawthorn have both been widely criticized for racist rhetoric.
Kinzinger has also called out another GOP colleague, Elise Stefanik, for endorsing replacement theory, and specifically expressed that Kevin McCarthy, as House GOP Leader, should be questioned about why he’s not holding these members accountable.
Stefanik Blasted for 'Despicable' Facebook Ads Pushing 'Replacement Theory' https://t.co/RcuzJ37BiE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 14, 2022
Cawthorn and Greene are hardly alone, though — last week, even before the shooting, Washington Post addressed the racism rampant on the right, reporting that nearly half of Republicans agree with the idea that Democrats are trying to “replace” Americans with immigrants, with a significant portion also believing that the system discriminates against white people.
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