Be Disgusted By “Replacement Theory,” But Don’t Be Surprised

Rep. Lauren Q*Bert Boebert (R-ifle).

Oliver Willis at the American Independent reports on a video posted yesterday by freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, in which Boebert clumsily (this being Boebert’s only speed without a script) embraces a well-known racist trope known as the “Great Replacement Theory”–the theory that white people are being deliberately replaced by nonwhite immigrants in the United States and other Western countries who are according to the theory more obedient to authority:

Republican members of Congress are doubling down on their support for the racist conspiracy theory that nonwhite immigrants are being brought into the United States systematically to take the place of white people, a claim often referred to as “the great replacement theory.”

In a video posted to her Facebook page on Monday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) promoted the theory during a hearing of the House Budget Committee as it debated the 2022 budget bill.

Here are Boebert’s verbatim words from the video above:

BOEBERT: To top it off, they want to grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to eight million illegal aliens. Yes, there is definitely a replacement theory that’s going on right now. [Pols emphasis] We are killing American jobs and bringing in illegal aliens from all over the world to replace them if Americans will not comply with the tyrannical orders that are coming down from the White House.

We like you reflexively jerked to correct Boebert’s bumbled delivery, since if the “theory” is “going on right now” it’s no longer a theory, there we said it–but to stay on topic, the “Great Replacement Theory” is one of the principal ideological drivers of the modern-day global white nationalist movement. It’s been cited as justification by racially motivated mass shooters from El Paso to Christchurch, New Zealand, and “you will not replace us” was the rallying cry at the infamous “tiki torch march” during the Unite The Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 that ended in deadly violence.

Even before the era of Donald Trump turned racial animus into the overt campaign tool it is today, Coloradans have had our brushes with proponents of this racist theory as it gained adherents over the past decade. The Western Conservative Summit brought far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders to their annual conference way back in 2012 with his controversial message of not putting up with “multiculturalism,” “stop[ping] immigration from Islamic countries,” and banning the construction of new mosques.

Local Republicans lapped the hate up.

As for Lauren Boebert, her blundering delivery is a clue that she’s once again playing catch-up to bigger-name Republican luminaries including Tucker Carlson and Matt Gaetz, who in the last few days have test-marketed the legitimization of what was not so long  an instantly self-discrediting conspiracy theory. The Anti-Defamation League responded with a call for Carlson to resign.

In Colorado, powerful Republicans like Larry Mizel, who founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, faced criticism during the Trump years for their support of politicians who frequently made a mockery of their professed values. As the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party continues its descent into unapologetic racism, everyone who aided and abetted their rise to prominence needs to answer for what is happening now.

If there is no one willing to say otherwise, Lauren Boebert is the Republican Party.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Early Worm says:

    In politics, a "dog whistle" is a coded message meant to signal your supporters without provoking the opposition.  The Republicans have gone from using dog whistles (states rights, tough on crime, inner cities, welfare queens) to using full-on white supremacists bullhorns. And I mean that literally. They are using the racist language that racists scream through bullhorns at their racist demonstrations. 

  2. kwtree says:

    Lauren Boebert is a multiracial American citizen of “mixed ethnicity”. At least, she claimed that in this 2020 interview with

    So, congratulations to Ms. Boebert for being part of the most rapidly expanding demographic in America – those of “one or more races”.

    Although some of her supporters won’t see any reason to celebrate.

    Last year, being nosy, I poked around Boebert’s extended family’s Facebook pages. While I won’t post specifics here, since there are young children involved, there are definitely multiracial people in Boebert’s extended family. So she joins the shameful ranks of those who are willing to oppress and ridicule their own family members in order to impress white supremacists.


  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    I’m wondering if Bo-bie isn’t proof that the Dunning-Krueger effect might work both ways? . . .

    . . . like when you’ve you become far too proficient and expert at something (e.g., racism) to have any clue just how much of an expert (i.e., racist) you really are??

    (“Hey, OK, I may be a bit little racist — I mean, who isn’t, right? — sure, I could probably be a better racist, I do work at it, but take a look at that guy over there, he’s a really great racist!!”)

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    Alva, The assholes in Charlottesville were chanting "Jews will not replace us!" which is far worse and better illustrates the point. 

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Maybe she should have a sit down with some Native Americans? 

  6. Republican 36 says:

    Behind that pretty face is the back of a head.

  7. Matt A. Harry says:

    Can't remember the last time I saw a white guy putting on a new roof in July…or any other month for that matter. 

  8. davebarnes says:

    Why is Larry Mizel supporting people who hate Jews?
    Asking for a friend.

  9. Sunmusing says:

    the quicker we can replace these republicans the better…at least those who are replacing republicans, actually love our Nation, and are not traitors…

  10. Meiner49er says:

    Good piece, but one mistake: Replacement Theory is not a campaign tool of the GOP. It is the GOP. Lauren Bobert is the campaign tool of the Replacement Theory GOP. Let's not grant her more agency than she deserves.

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