Marjorie Taylor Greene & Lauren Boebert among GOP group that refuses to denounce White supremacy

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are among the Congressmembers accused of helping plan the Capitol Insurrection
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are among the Congressmembers accused of helping plan the Capitol Insurrection Photo: Screenshot/Jim Lambert via Shutterstock

The ranking Democrat on the congressional House Oversight Committee has called out Republican members for advancing White nationalist conspiracy theories in committee hearings last week.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) sent a letter to the panel’s chairman James Comer (R-KY), accusing unnamed committee members of advancing the so-called “Great Replacement” theory during hearings, and urged Republicans to sign a pledge denouncing White supremacy.

Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Chip Roy (R-TX), Josh Brecheen (R-OK) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) all made allusions to the conspiracy theory, variously describing immigration as an “invasion” and an existential threat that is “changing our culture.”

“Such language borrows from the ‘Great Replacement’ theory, the central dogma of contemporary white supremacy that has been repeatedly invoked by white nationalists to justify violent acts of domestic terrorism,” Raskin wrote in the letter – first reported by the Washington Post and delivered Sunday night. He named the murders of dozens of Americans at mass shootings at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

“I write to follow up on my request that the Committee’s Republican Members join me and Committee Democrats in denouncing white nationalism and white supremacy, and the use of related conspiracy theories, including the ‘Great Replacement’ theory, during Committee hearings and in all our work together,” Raskin also wrote.

Raskin added that “dangerous and conspiratorial rhetoric echoing the racist and nativist tropes peddled by white supremacists and right-wing extremists” was used by unnamed members, in particular during meetings addressing immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.

A committee spokesperson characterized Raskin’s request as a Democratic attempt “to distract from President Biden’s border crisis.”

Raskins’ letter included a draft pledge signed by all 21 Democrats on the committee. None of the 26 Republican members have indicated they’ll add their names.

In the letter, Raskin reminded chairman Comer that Republicans had an opportunity to denounce “the racist and xenophobic tenets of white supremacy” following the Buffalo shooting in June 2022,  when House Democrats passed a resolution condemning the “Great Replacement” theory, white supremacy and race hatred. While then-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy publicly acknowledged white nationalism is “definitely not American,” no House Republican voted in favor of the resolution.

Quoting the late Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings, Raskin added, “We are better than this.”

Here is the full list of Republicans who refuse to denounce white supremacy.

James Comer (KY)

Jim Jordan (OH)

Mike Turner (OH)

Paul Gosar (AZ)

Virginia Foxx (NC)

Glenn Grothman (WI)

Gary Palmer (AL)

Clay Higgins (LA)

Pete Sessions (TX)

Andy Biggs (AZ)

Nancy Mace (SC)

Jake LaTurner (KS)

Pat Fallon (TX)

Byron Donalds (FL)

Kelly Armstrong (ND)

Scott Perry (PA)

William Timmons (SC)

Tim Burchett (TN)

Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA)

Lisa McClain (MI)

Lauren Boebert (CO)

Russell Fry (SC)

Anna Paulina Luna (FL)

Chuck Edwards (NC)

Nick Langworthy (NY)

Eric Burlison (MO)

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