Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) called on leaders in her party to renounce white nationalism and anti-semitism following the racially motivated mass shooting at TOPS supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday.
“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Monday.
Cheney’s tweet comes after a gunman carried out a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on Saturday, killing 10 people and injuring three more. Eleven of the victims were Black while two were White.
In a 180-page manifesto the gunman Payton Gendron, 18, references the racist replacement theory, which claims that there’s an ongoing effort to replace white Americans with individuals of color through immigration.
Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
Rep. Else Stefanik who replaced Cheney has House GOP conference chair has come under fire for referencing the racist theory in an ad last September. Stefanik claimed in the ad that Democrats plan to “grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”