Pro-Trump Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik was blasted as ‘low’ by her hometown newspaper’s editorial after she paid for Facebook ads pushing the ‘great replacement’ theory.
In Stefanik’s ads, which appeared on Facebook Wednesday, Joe Biden was seen wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses, with scores of migrants pictured in their reflection walking toward him.
The image was a riff on a Time magazine cover that saw Putin reflected in Biden’s shades. Stefanik’s ad text said ‘Democrats are planning their most aggressive move yet: a PERMANANT ELECTION INSURRECTION.’
‘Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington,’ the ad continues on to say.
The Times Union editorial – titled ‘How low, Ms. Stefanik?’ – sunk its teeth into the advertisement.
‘Quite a choice of words, of course, considering that the country is still suffering the aftershocks of the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington by supporters of Mr. Trump who tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.’
Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik’s ad – pictured here – was ripped by her hometown paper’s op-ed as ‘low’
Stefanik’s ad appears to be a spoof on this June cover of Time magazine ahead of Biden’ meeting with Putin
Rep. Elise Stefanik – pictured here on July 29 – was ripped by her hometown paper for her ‘low’ advertisements against immigrants
The op-ed ripped the advertisements as ‘fear-based political tactics’ and didn’t mince words in the last paragraph.
‘If there’s anything that needs replacing in this country — and in the Republican party — it’s the hateful rhetoric that Ms. Stefanik and far too many of her colleagues so shamelessly spew.’
The great replacement theory claims white people are intentionally being replaced in the U.S. by migrants.
It has a long history in the country that included periods when Catholics, Jews or Muslims were hailed as the ‘replacements’ who were out to change the country’s ‘culture.’
The theory also triggered scares that Irish, Italian, Asian or eastern European immigrants would take the white, Protestant people’s jobs.
The third-ranking house Republican’s ads echoed Donald Trump‘s attacks on Muslim and Mexican immigrants while seemingly mocking Time magazine’s June cover of an aviator-clad Joe Biden with Vladimir Putin in the reflection ahead of the Biden-Putin meetup.
The Times Union op-ed included contributions immigrants are making in the U.S. and argued that their work is integral a healthy American economy.
‘Today, according to the American Immigration Council, they make up over a third of the farming, fishing, and forestry workforce, and one-fourth of those working in computer and math sciences,’ the op-ed said.
‘Over four million immigrants work in the health care and social service industry. In many cases, they are doing jobs American citizens don’t want to do.’
Stefanik has represented New York’s 21st Congressional District, which is mostly rural and includes all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties, and parts of Herkimer and Saratoga counties, since 2015.
The district includes most of the Adirondack Mountains and the Thousand Islands region. It borders Vermont to the east and Canada to the north. It also includes Fort Drum of the U.S. Army.
Stefanik is pitured here on July 27 to discus the Jan. 6th Committee
The ads come at a time when the country encountered more than 195,000 migrants at the Mexican border in August, according to government data released on Wednesday.
The Biden administration has begun preparing deportation flights to Haiti in order to curb the number of undocumented migrants flooding into Del Rio, Texas, after nearly 14,000 immigrants began camping in the area as thousands continue to arrive.
Department of Homeland Security officials are planning as many as eight flights per day to Haiti, starting on Sunday, about a week since President Joe Biden cancelled repatriation flights to Haiti.
Haiti – which is recovering from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people and damaged more than 100,000 homes – is prepared to only accept at least three flights a day, but Biden’s administration will push for the eight, The Washington Post reported.