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Cheney Accuses House GOP Leaders of Enabling White Supremacy

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is calling on Republican leaders to denounce white supremacy and anti-semitism after a racially motivated shooting in upstate New York left 10 people dead.

In a tweet Monday morning, Cheney wrote, “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse.”

”[GOP] leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them,” she added.

Cheney’s tweet comes after a gunman opened fire in a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday. 

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The shooting left 10 people dead, and 13 injured, and law enforcement officials say it was racially motivated.

Eleven of the 13 people shot were Black.

Eighteen-year-old Payton Gendron, the suspect in the shooting, allegedly posted a 180-page document that contained racist language.

According to The Washington Post, Gendron “fixated on the idea that White people are being intentionally replaced.”

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“That idea, once relegated to the fringe, has gained currency on popular right-wing television programs and in the halls of Congress. The theory, known as the ‘great replacement,’ has turned white nationalism into an international call to arms,” it added.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted on Saturday night, “Did you know: [Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)] pushes white replacement theory?”

“The #3 in the house GOP. [Cheney] got removed for demanding truth. [House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)] should be asked about this,” he added.

He shared a story titled, “Stefanik Blasted for ‘Despicable’ Facebook Ads Pushing ‘Replacement Theory.'”

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In a separate tweet, Kinzinger wrote, “Here is my replacement theory: we need to replace [Stefanik] [McCarthy] [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)] [Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-S.C.)] and a number of others.”

“The replacement theory they are pushing/tolerating is getting people killed,” he added.

Cheney was the No. 3 House Republican until last year, when she was ousted after she criticized former President Donald Trump.

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