Donald Trump was able to win the White House in 2016 by tapping into large reservoirs of white resentment. Just six months after his inauguration, white supremacists were marching in the street, chanting “Jews will not replace us.”Tucker Carlson regularly pushes the great replacement theory on his show. And this weekend, a mass shooter, who frequently wrote about the theory, killed a number of Black Americans at a Buffalo supermarket. During a recent broadcast, right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro claimed that the Great Replacement Theory has little to do with Conservatives.
Shapiro began, “Now, the peg that they are trying to hang their hat on here is the fact that this guy was a devotee of the so-called great replacement theory. Now, what the left is trying to do is broaden out the term great replacement theory to include any normal sort of concerns about illegal immigration, any suggestions that demographic voting patterns make a difference — which, of course, everybody both left and right knows that they do.”
The Conservative host continued:
“In fact, the racial essentialism of the great replacement theory looks a lot more like wokeism than it does, like, mainstream conservatism or mainstream liberalism. Neither of the two major democratic parties is a believer that simply because you’re of a particular race, this means that you’re inherently, genetically designed in order to vote a particular way. That is relegated to the wokeist left and it is relegated to the white supremacist right who, sort of, join hands in this belief that we can look at your race and know inherently how you’re going to vote and how your kids are going to vote and how your grandkids are going to vote.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.