Liz Cheney rips House GOP leadership after Buffalo shooting, claims they enable ‘white nationalism’

With admirable predictability, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming immediately criticized House Republican leadership in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo that left 10 people dead.

Just two days after Payton Gendron, a suspected white nationalist, allegedly went on a shooting rampage at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, Fox News reports that Cheney—who has a long and inglorious history of trying to curry favor with Democratic politicians and opinion-makers—went on Twitter to accuse her fellow Republicans of being responsible.

The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Cheney wrote. “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.” At no point did Cheney offer evidence that House GOP leadership has enabled “white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism.” 

Nor was it clear to whom Cheney was referring specifically, although it is assumed she meant third-ranking GOP congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York. Cheney’s fellow-traveler, the notoriously tearful Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), singled out Stefanik in a tweet on Sunday.

“Did you know: @EliseStefanik pushes white replacement theory? The #3 in the house GOP,” Kinzinger wrote.

His tweet included a link to a Newsweek hit-piece on Stefanik, which claims she’s a proponent of the so-called “Great Replacement Theory.” The idea of a “Great Replacement,” or le Grand Remplacement, was first mooted by the French writer Renaud Camus, and holds that the implementation of unrestricted Third World immigration, so common throughout the Western world, is actually part of a deliberate agenda by Western governments to replace “legacy” populations with what Camus calls “undifferentiated human matter.”

As is becoming customary in these events, the Buffalo shooter apparently left a lengthy “white supremacist” manifesto, and multiple press reports indicate the manifesto makes reference to the Great Replacement theory. This was more than enough for Cheney to mount her high horse and begin leveling accusations against her Party, seemingly taking her cue from mainstream media news outlets and elite Democratic politicians.

It should be noted that Cheney and Kinzinger have long had an acrimonious relationship with Stefanik, which has undoubtedly colored their opinions of her. For one thing, Stefanik replaced Cheney last year as House Republican Conference chair, making her the No. 3 Republican in the House. That had to be a body blow to Cheney’s ego.

It also turns out that Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republican members of the House January 6 Commission, and Stefanik has been quite vocal in defending their censure by the Republican National Committee. So it’s safe to say there’s little love lost between Cheney and Stefanik.

For her part, Stefanik brushed aside Cheney’s accusations with consummate aplomb.

“Any implication or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the Congresswoman is a new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media,” read a statement from Stefanik’s team.

“The shooting was an act of evil and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Despite sickening and false reporting, Congresswoman Stefanik has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement.”


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