Brad and Dan begin by discussing the various dimensions of the Buffalo massacre and the shooter’s understanding of Caucasian Replacement Theory (CRT). Dan demonstrates that this ideology is farm from fringe in today’s American Right. Instead, it is a mainstream position touted by the likes of senators, congresspeople, and Fox News talking heads.
Brad dives into the Christian nationalist elements of the shooter’s identity, pointing to how he equates Whiteness with Christianity and uses both as the grounds for his violence against those who don’t share both those characteristics.
Talia Lavin at Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/buffalo-shooter-white-supremacist-great-replacement-donald-trump-1353509/
Greg Sargent at WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/18/doug-mastriano-insurrectionist/
They both argue that it is not enough to be neutral on these matters. Anti-racism and anti-Christian supremacy stances demand active engagement to thwart and prevent both from cultivating in one’s community.
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In the final segment, they analyze the results of various primary elections across the country. The main thesis is that these elections in PA, NC, and KY highlight the stark contrast in the visions the two parties have for the USA. Across the board, the GOP elected election-deniers and Christian nationalists.
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