Editorial: Alleged Buffalo shooter spoke the language of ‘replacement.’ The GOP is fluent in it

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Once again, the truism that hate speech fosters violence has been tragically reconfirmed, this time in Buffalo, New York. A white supremacist’s rampage Saturday that killed 10 was fueled by so-called replacement theory, the far-right fantasy that white Americans are being intentionally “replaced” by invaders of color to steer politics leftward. As Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and top Republicans continue to toot this anti-immigration dog whistle, the bloodshed in Buffalo shows how easily it can translate into attacks on anyone who isn’t white. Payton Gendron, 18, allegedly shot 13 people — 11 of t…

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