Rolling Stone ripped for commentary calling shooter a ‘mainstream Republican’

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Rolling Stone is facing severe backlash on social media after publishing a commentary article suggesting the 18-year-old suspect in the Buffalo shooting was a “mainstream Republican.”

The article suggests that right-wing extremists are commanding the Republican Party and pushing hateful and delusional rhetoric that channels both the “great replacement” theory and white supremacy.

The “great replacement” theory is “the idea that white people, in the United States and white-majority countries around the world, are being systematically, deliberately outbred and ‘replaced’ by immigrants and ethnic minorities, in a deliberate attempt to rid the world of whiteness,” according to the Rolling Stone article.

The theory has served as the inspiration for numerous terror attacks and fueled a “gnawing fear of a minority-white America” that has consumed conservative politics in the country, the article posits.

Thus, rather than a lone wolf, the shooter in Buffalo is a “mainstream Republican” who is “gripped by a racist delusion,” according to the commentary article.

Many on social media have not taken kindly to that suggestion and have ripped Rolling Stone online.

“So Rolling Stone is giving platform to the idiot who falsely accused a handicapped ICE employee of having a Nazi tattoo,” one user tweeted.

“You gaslighting piece of crap. Shame on whoever wrote this,” another user commented.


A “‘mainstream Republican’ @RollingStone continues its utter degeneration into the appalling,” argued another user.
“Actually, the shooter categorized himself as ‘authoritarian left’ who was once a communist now turned green ethno-nationalist fascist socialist. Just proves white supremacy isn’t only on the right, especially with these younger generations. Also proves Rolling Stone is a joke,” according to one Twitter user.
“I bet you there are people at ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and Washington Post who KNOW Republicans in their families and neighborhoods who know the right isn’t a terrorist organization. But they don’t care and will share that NYT or Rolling Stone story,” another user commented.

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