Recent Republican fundraising efforts have been ugly and, worse, have fueled conspiracy theories, hatred, and demagoguery. Sen. Josh Hawley and Donald Trump have raised millions off the Big Lie about the 2020 election. Sen. Ted Cruz this week sent out an email enticing contributions by offering anyone who donates to his campaign war chest a vote on whether “we machine gun [John Boehner’s new memoirs], take a chainsaw to it, or burn the book to light cigars.” (In his book, the former Republican House Speaker slams Cruz as a “reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.” And a bunch of GOP politicos have rattled the cup with false claims that Dr. Seuss was being canceled. But perhaps the foulest fundraising email of recent weeks came a few days ago when the Republican National Committee sought to haul in money by slyly embracing Tucker Carlson’s racism.
The email was zapped out on Wednesday, and it looked like this in my inbox:
“Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.” Now to what was this referring?
A few days earlier, the Fox News host had come under fire for endorsing or legitimizing what’s known as the “great replacement theory”—the racist conspiracy theory that holds that white people in America are purposefully being replaced by people of color. [Continue reading…]