Ohio candidates for the U.S. Senate, Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan squared off for a debate Monday night at the historic Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio. Neither appears to like the other very much, but it never got any more vitriolic than it did during their exchange on the “great replacement theory” question, a topic posed by co-moderator Bertram Dsouza.
During the heated exchange, Ryan accused Vance of peddling the theory. Vance said that the result of that accusation has been the subjugation of his “three beautiful, biracial babies” to vicious attacks, both “online and in person.”
The origins of the Great Replacement Theory are the subject of some debate, but the substance of it that by holding our southern border open, Democrats seek to replace the voting influence of American citizens with those of liberal-minded foreigners. Democrats call it a conspiracy theory and say that Republicans are horrible people for pursuing this line of attack.
The debate question appeared to be asked in an inflammatory way. Instead of using words such as ‘citizens’ and ‘foreigners’, Dsouza said “whites and non-whites,” making it a question of race rather than citizenship and immigration policy. So, the question purposely frustrates Republicans (and GOP candidates) from the word go.
After framing the background that way, Dsouza referenced Vance’s warnings last May of an “immigrant invasion” and asked who the invaders are and how they are coming.
“Well, the primary way they are coming into the country is through Tim Ryan’s and Joe Biden’s wide open southern border, to the tune of about two-and-a-half million people. And of course, it’s not just the people, it’s the fentanyl, it’s the sex trafficking, and all the other things they are bringing.”
“The Democrat leadership… say that they want more and more immigration, because if that happens, they’ll ensure that Republicans are never able to win another national election. It’s not about whites or non-whites.”
Vance then pointed out that he is married to “the daughter of South Asian immigrants” and said that his life has been ‘rich’ and ‘blessed’ as a result. “Her family came in legally,” he said before arguing against the profligate allowance of an endless stream of foreigners, some of them hostile, pouring across the border and beginning their relationship with the country by breaking its laws.
“[Ryan] is going to talk about how he disagrees with his party on border security – go ahead, Tim – but you vote for the amnesty, you vote against the border wall funding… and it’s going to destroy this country unless we get it under control.”
Then it was the ten-term Democrat’s turn.
“Congressman, what is your opinion of the Great Replacement Theory?” Dsouza asked the Democratic candidate.
“I think it’s nonsense. I think it is grounded in some of the most racially divisive writings in the history of the world,” said the charlatan. No hyperbole there.
Pointing at Vance, he continued, “And this is who he is running around with, talking about replacement theory. There’s no big grand conspiracy. This is a country that’s been enriched by immigrants from all corners of the world.”
“This Great Replacement Theory was the motivator for the shooting in Buffalo,” he continued, “where that shooter had all these Great Replacement Theory writings that J.D. Vance agrees with… Some sicko got this information that he’s peddling with, again, those extremists that he runs around with – Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ted Cruz – all these guys they just want stoke this racial violence.”
JD Vance just ended Tim Ryan’s political career. pic.twitter.com/TgUZCDfIsX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 18, 2022
“Here’s exactly what happens when the media and people like Tim Ryan accuse me of engaging in the Great Replacement Theory,” Vance countered. “What happens is my own children, my biracial children, get attacked by scumbags online and in person because you are so desperate for political power that you’ll accuse me, the father of three beautiful biracial babies, of engaging in racism. We are sick of it.”
Then came Vance’s best line:
“You can believe in the border without being a racist. I know you’ve been in office for 20 years, Tim, and I know it’s a sweet gig, but you’re so desperate not to have a real job that you’ll slander me and slander my family. It’s disgraceful.”
Ryan made a feeble claim to decency in his defense: “I would never talk about your family, J.D., I wasn’t raised that way.”
The one-hour debate included a handful of topics, including inflation, Donald Trump (J.D., give us one criticism of the former president), Nancy Pelosi (Tim, name an issue that Pelosi has bungled), abortion, the opioid epidemic, January 6, gun violence and gun control, police accountability, and of course illegal immigration.
As usual, both sides think they won. Here’s the moronic Jennifer Rubin:
Last debate Tim Ryan emasculated JD Vance. Now he’s just pounded him into the ground. Hard to imagine a better performance
— Jennifer “Pro-privacy” Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) October 17, 2022
And here’s the flip side:
Oh man. Tim Ryan was very shook at the end. Really was jarred and had no response. This type of debate style by JD Vance is the new standard. Hold Democrats accountable. They are the ones doing evil. No more apology tours. Put them on the hot seat.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) October 11, 2022
If you would like to hear the 5-minute exchange on the great replacement theory, skip forward to 47:25 of the full debate.
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