I’m just going to say it: Tucker Carlson and Fox News inspired the Buffalo shooter with their repeated Great Replacement Theory nonsense.
Politico’s email this morning:
Ten people were killed and three more wounded in a mass shooting in and around a Buffalo supermarket Saturday, the latest burst of violence to shatter a community and singe the American fabric.
Local authorities took a teenager into custody and accused him of the massacre, which they described as “straight up a racially motivated hate crime” that intentionally targeted Black people — who made up 11 of the 13 casualties. He pleaded not guilty after being charged with first-degree murder. It was the country’s deadliest mass shooting this year. Read The Buffalo News’ Lou Michel, Ben Tsujimoto and Maki Becker for the latest details on the scene and in the city
The suspect, who had previously been investigated for reportedly threatening a school shooting, also is believed to have posted a manifesto online detailing his plans to target Buffalo’s Black population. NBC’s ace disinformation reporter Ben Collins breaks down the document, in which the author “claims that he was radicalized on 4chan while he was ‘bored’ at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.”
The manifesto includes racist and antisemitic arguments, memes and debunked statistics. It leans heavily on the false, once-fringe white supremacist “replacement theory,” about white people being replaced. Pieces of the rhetoric — largely fears about demographic change as a political tool — have entered the mainstream via TUCKER CARLSON and other segments of the American far right; they’re now believed by about one-third of the country.
They’ve got culpability and they know it.