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Chuck Schumer writes to Rupert Murdoch, demanding Fox cease pushing the ‘Great Replacement Theory’

Senate Democratic Chairman Chuck Schumer wrote to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives on Tuesday, urging them to denounce conspiracy theories such as the “Great Replacement Theory” and to end any dissemination of white supremacist ideology on their network.

“I urge you to consider the very real implications of the dangerous rhetoric being broadcast nightly on your network,” Schumer wrote in the letter, in which he named Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

“For years there have been these kinds of beliefs on the fringes of American life,” Schumer noted. “However, this pernicious theory, which has no factual basis, has been smuggled into the mainstream thanks in large part to a dangerous reinforcement by your network and its anchors.”

“I implore you to stop promoting false white nationalist, far-right conspiracy theories in your network immediately,” he wrote.

Schumer later tweeted that Carlson invited him to his Fox News show, but the Democrat refused to show up.

“@TuckerCarlson invited me to his show tonight to discuss the letter I sent to @FoxNews. I refuse. Tucker Carlson needs to stop promoting the racist, dangerous “surrogate theory,” Schumer wrote.

Democratic Senate Chairman Chuck Schumer called on Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives to denounce conspiracy theories like the “Great Replacement Theory.”

Schumer sent his letter to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives

Schumer sent his letter to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives

Payton Gendron, 18, the suspect in the Buffalo grocery store shooting, promoted the so-called “Great Replacement Theory,” a once-racist fringe idea that became a popular refrain among media figures like Carlson and Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.

He wrote a document claiming that immigration and higher birth rates meant that white Americans were at risk of being “replaced” by people of color – leading authorities to declare the shooting racially motivated.

13 people were shot dead and 10 died in Saturday’s attack. Eleven of those shot were black.

Schumer’s letter came after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also refused Monday to name public figures who were promoting fringe theories like Gendron.

She again refused to do so on Tuesday, saying she wasn’t giving them the attention they wanted.

“The people spreading this filth know who they are and they should be ashamed, but I’m not going to give them the attention they desperately want, or their harmful ideas that are being thrust upon them,” she said.

And she doubled down when asked again.

“I will not give them a platform. I just want to make this very clear, but we’re going to take our case right before the people. We have a vision for this country. One in which we fight hatred, racism and violence. We condemn white racism and domestic terror. We hope everyone will join us in denouncing hate and racism and conspiracy theories that are rife online,” she said.

However, Schumer called out Fox News and Carlson in comments in the Senate on Monday.

“In the quest for viewership and ratings, organizations like Fox News have spent years perfecting the craft of fomenting cultural grievances and political resentment that eerily reflects the messages of replacement theory,” he said.

“These views should have no place in American society, let alone in the segments of our most-watched news channels.”

Carlson denounced Gendron’s document on his Monday night show, calling it “insane” and the product of a “sick mind.”

“The document is not identifiably left or right, it is not really political at all. The document is insane. It is the product of the sick and disorganized [sic] Mind,” he said.

The Murdoch clan supported Carlson.

Last year, Lachlan defended Murdoch Carlson when a civil rights group called for his firing for touting the replacement theory.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to name public figures who propagated fringe theories

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to name public figures who propagated fringe theories

Tucker Carlson condemned the document, which the alleged Buffalo shooter wrote on his show Monday night, calling it

Tucker Carlson condemned the document, which the alleged Buffalo shooter wrote on his show Monday night, calling it “insane” and the product of a “sick mind.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (center) walks with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden and other New York officials after visiting the memorial at the site of the shooting in Buffalo, New York

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (center) walks with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden and other New York officials after visiting the memorial at the site of the shooting in Buffalo, New York

According to an AP-NORC poll released in May, one in three Americans believe in the “replacement theory” and are more likely to be Republicans.

The “replacement” theory began in white supremacist circles but has spread, explicitly or implicitly, into the mainstream arenas of the political right in this country and among many Republicans.

Some Republicans have called their peers on the matter.

Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday attacked her Republican colleagues for “enabling white supremacy.”

“The GOP leadership of the House of Representatives has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism,” she tweeted.

“History has taught us that what begins with words ends much worse,” Cheney added. “GOP leaders must abandon and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York lawmaker who is No. 3 in the house of GOP, had previously come under fire for repeating the “grand replacement” theory.

A top adviser to Republican conference leaders Monday defended them against those attacks.

“Any suggestion or attempt to blame the congresswoman for the heinous shootings in Buffalo is a new sickening low for the left, their Never Trump allies and the fawning stenographers in the media,” said Alex DeGrasse, Stefanik’s senior advisor , in a statement.

He added, “Despite disgusting and false reporting, Congresswoman Stefanik has never taken a racist position or made a racist statement.”

Stefanik replaced Cheney as chair of the GOP conference last year after the Wyoming representative was ousted for her repeated criticism of Trump, including blaming her for encouraging the Jan. 6 rioters.

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