How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars

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Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled. The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said. “Will anyone in power do anything to protect America this time,” he asked, “or will leaders sit passively back as the invasion continues?” When another group approached the border six months later, Ann Coulter, appearing as a guest on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, offered a dispassionately violent suggestion about what could be done to stem the flow of migrants: “You can shoot invaders.”

A few days after, Rush Limbaugh issued a grim prognosis to his millions of radio listeners: If the immigrants from Central America weren’t stopped, the United States would lose its identity. “The objective is to dilute and eventually eliminate or erase what is known as the distinct or unique American culture,” Mr. Limbaugh said, adding: “This is why people call this an invasion.”

There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month. In a 2,300-word screed posted on the website 8chan, the killer wrote that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

An extensive New York Times review of popular right-wing media platforms found hundreds of examples of language, ideas and ideologies that overlapped with the mass killer’s written statement — a shared vocabulary of intolerance that stokes fears centered on immigrants of color. The programs, on television and radio, reach an audience of millions. Sometimes the hosts are repeating the president’s signature phrases. Sometimes the president appears to take his cues from television pundits. The cumulative effect is a public dialogue in which denigrating sentiments about immigrants are common.

How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars

Sigh....just repeat a simple but frightening set of words over and over until your listeners think they must describe reality??? Obviously, the danger of doing that over and over again contributed to the El Paso shooting.

By and large, there is nothing to "fear" from people seeking asylum in this country. Sad more people don't really understand that.
 

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Don't hold your breath waiting for the New York Times to do a similar article about the Antifa ICE bomber, the Congressional Ballfield shooter or the Dayton shooter.
This is just trying to shame conservatives into silence.
 
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How the El Paso killer echoed the words of radical environmentalist:

El Paso Killer:

(Democrats) intend to use open borders, free healthcare for illegals, citizenship and more to enact a political coup by importing and then legalizing millions of new voters. With policies like these, the Hispanic support for Democrats will likely become nearly unanimous in the future.

Radical Environmentalist:

liberals, ours is a rich and generous nation, we have room for all, let them come....the liberals love their cheap cause.

El Paso Killer:

Although the Republican Party is also terrible. Many factions within the Republican Party are pro-corporation. Pro-corporation = pro-immigration.

Radical Environmentalist:

And let them stay, say the conservatives; a large, cheap, frightened, docile, surplus labor force is exactly what the economy needs. Put some fear into the unions: tighten discipline, spur productivity, whip up the competition for jobs. The conservatives love their cheap labor

El Paso killer:

Continued immigration will make one of the biggest issues of our time
...The word "invasion" has been used in connection with illegal immigration since long before the president ran for office. In the 1990s, for example, the state of California unsuccessfully sued the federal government, claiming the government did not protect states from an "invasion" of illegal immigrants. In 2010, the state of Arizona also unsuccessfully challenged the federal government over a similar "invasion." The word was also used, well before Trump, in general commentary,

Radical Environmentalist:

This being so, it occurs to some of us that perhaps ever continuing industrial and population growth is not the true road to human happiness, that simple gross quantitative increase of this kind creates only more pain, dislocation, confusion, and misery. In which case it might be wise for us as American citizens to consider calling a halt to the mass influx of even more millions of hungry, ignorant, unskilled, and culturally-morally-genetically impoverished people.
 

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Don't hold your breath waiting for the New York Times to do a similar article about the Antifa ICE bomber, the Congressional Ballfield shooter or the Dayton shooter.
This is just trying to shame conservatives into silence.
I don't recall any "liberal" news outlets.channels, repeating the same words over and over again about immigrants or Antifa

The Dayton shooter was part of an incel group.

But I guess you are ok with Fox News and Trump stoking so much fear, that literally people died because of it?

And why is Antifa the "go-to" talking point now when it comes to a mass murder?
 
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HayJenn

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HayJenn

How the El Paso killer echoed the words of radical environmentalist:

El Paso Killer:

(Democrats) intend to use open borders, free healthcare for illegals, citizenship and more to enact a political coup by importing and then legalizing millions of new voters. With policies like these, the Hispanic support for Democrats will likely become nearly unanimous in the future.

Radical Environmentalist:

liberals, ours is a rich and generous nation, we have room for all, let them come....the liberals love their cheap cause.

El Paso Killer:

Although the Republican Party is also terrible. Many factions within the Republican Party are pro-corporation. Pro-corporation = pro-immigration.

Radical Environmentalist:

And let them stay, say the conservatives; a large, cheap, frightened, docile, surplus labor force is exactly what the economy needs. Put some fear into the unions: tighten discipline, spur productivity, whip up the competition for jobs. The conservatives love their cheap labor

El Paso killer:

Continued immigration will make one of the biggest issues of our time...The word "invasion" has been used in connection with illegal immigration since long before the president ran for office. In the 1990s, for example, the state of California unsuccessfully sued the federal government, claiming the government did not protect states from an "invasion" of illegal immigrants. In 2010, the state of Arizona also unsuccessfully challenged the federal government over a similar "invasion." The word was also used, well before Trump, in general commentary,

Radical Environmentalist:

This being so, it occurs to some of us that perhaps ever continuing industrial and population growth is not the true road to human happiness, that simple gross quantitative increase of this kind creates only more pain, dislocation, confusion, and misery. In which case it might be wise for us as American citizens to consider calling a halt to the mass influx of even more millions of hungry, ignorant, unskilled, and culturally-morally-genetically impoverished people.
He literally admitted he was targeting Mexicans

So save you BS.
 
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I don't recall any "liberal" news outlets.channels, repeating the same words over and over again about immigrants or Antifa

The Dayton shooter was part of an incel group.

But I guess you are ok with Fox News and Trump stoking so much fear, that literally people died because of it?

And why is Antifa the "go-to" talking point now when it comes to a mass murder?
The Antifa ICE bomber used the exact same rhetoric as AOC.
The Ballfield shooter tried to assassinate members of Congress. Are we going to pretend that wasn't politically motivated?