How some members of the Republican Party have normalized the use of violent rhetoric

Laura Barrón-López:

And, in the House, members of GOP leadership have themselves amplified the same racist conspiracies espoused by mass shooters.

In May, a mass shooter killed 10 people in a Buffalo New York grocery store. His online posts showed he was inspired by the racist and antisemitic — quote — “Great Replacement conspiracy,” writing that: “Mass immigration will disenfranchise us, subvert our nations and destroy our communities.”

Experts saw echoes of that ideology in a Facebook ad posted last year by the third-ranking Republican in the House, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York. The ad accused Democrats of planning a “permanent election insurrection” through a plan to grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants, “who would overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”

Stefanik’s spokesperson called criticism that she was amplifying the Great Replacement Theory a disgusting low for the left.

Republicans have sought to label Democrats as equal actors in encouraging violence by pointing to some Black Lives Matter protests that devolved into looting and damaged property. Republicans have also tried to censure a Democratic congresswoman for urging protesters to get confrontational.