‘Invaders’: The Vocabulary Of El Paso Shooter, Fox News Alarmingly Similar

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Traffic on Sixth Avenue passes by advertisements featuring Fox News personalities, including Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, adorn the front of... NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Traffic on Sixth Avenue passes by advertisements featuring Fox News personalities, including Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, adorn the front of the News Corporation building, March 13, 2019 in New York City. On Wednesday the network's sales executives are hosting an event for advertisers to promote Fox News. Fox News personalities Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro have come under criticism in recent weeks for controversial comments and multiple advertisers have pulled away from their shows. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 12, 2019 8:01 a.m.

Using terms like “invasion,” “flood” and “replacement,” the El Paso shooter sounded an awful lot like some talking heads on Fox News — and President Donald Trump.

According to a New York Time analysis, there are hundreds of examples of overlap in lexicon and ideology between prominent rightwing voices — on Fox News, conservative radio shows, Sinclair Broadcasting packages, etc. — and the shooter’s written beliefs, all centering on a fear of and animosity to immigrants of color.

Usage of those words and ideas to describe immigrants also became more prevalent after Trump was elected, the Times found.

The El Paso shooter left behind a screed endorsing the theory of “Great Replacement,” that an influx of people of color into the United States will lead to the dying out of white people.

Read the Times’ analysis here. 

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