Democrat Attempts to Tie Speaker Mike Johnson to Multiple White Supremacist Mass Shootings
In an especially vicious attack, a Democratic member of Congress has attempted to tie Speaker of the House Mike Johnson to four mass shootings carried out by white supremacists around the globe. She also accused the pro-life speaker of “extremism” for stating that “everyone deserves a birthday” and opposing the “sexualization of children” under the age of 10.
Rep. Summer Lee (D-Pa.) claims Johnson, whom colleagues say “radiates the love of Christ” and “epitomizes servant leadership,” promoted a neo-Nazi theory known as “Replacement Theory” — that Jews have altered American demographics for their gain.
“Johnson has spent the last two years promoting white nationalist conspiracy theories and replacement theory on social media and cable TV,” writes Lee. “Replacement theory inspired multiple domestic terrorist attacks, including the horrific 10/27 Pittsburgh [s]ynagogue shooting five years ago this week [and] shooting[s] targeting [b]lack grocery shoppers in Buffalo, Hispanic shoppers in El Paso, and Muslim [w]orshipers in Christchurch.”
Lee’s statement links to a list of Johnson’s alleged “replacement theory” quotations which includes not a word about Jews, race, or the nation’s ethnic makeup. Several of Johnson’s statements say that the Biden administration adopted an “intentional” policy of lax border enforcement — an assessment widely shared by those on the border — and that admitting a record-breaking 7.8 million illegal immigrants, most of whom are unvetted, has endangered native-born and naturalized American citizens. Johnson also noted on Twitter that Border Patrol encountered 232,972 individuals at the southern border in August, which he compared to the 246,886 people who live in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. Lee did not dispute those facts.
White supremacist terrorists, racialist activists, and the founders of Planned Parenthood shared a desire to reduce minority populations. Margaret Sanger and Dr. Alan Guttmacher vocally supported eugenics. Racialist theorists have advocated “free abortions” and said they would back the “mandatory” abortion of “any miscegenated baby.”
The racial collectivist terrorists Lee cites have written they were motivated by concerns over both minority populations and alleged overpopulation generally. Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron wrote that he targeted blacks, because their “higher fertility rates and strong, robust traditions” would “ethnically replace my own people.” In his manifesto “The Great Replacement,” Christchurch mosque shooter Brent Tarrant described himself as an “eco-fascist” concerned that “the environment is being destroyed by over population.” He added, “The nation with the closest political and social values to my own is the People’s Republic of China” — a nation whose human rights abuses Speaker Johnson has forcefully denounced.
El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius also wrote about overpopulation. “[T]he next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources,” Crusius wrote. “If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
Abortion is the leading killer of black people. “Black women had the highest abortion rate (24.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (426 abortions per 1,000 live births),” according to the CDC’s 2020 Abortion Surveillance. (White women had the lowest abortion rate and ratio, the report stated.) Racial disparities persist across the 50 states. In Ohio, where Issue 1 threatens to expand abortion until the moment of birth for any woman or girl of reproductive age, black women make up 13% of the population yet account for 48% of all abortions.
Lee has dedicated her political career to promoting abortion-on-demand. When Lee accepted the endorsement of Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) last May, she worried, “It’s communities like mine — [b]lack and brown and low-income folks — who will lose access to abortion care first if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. … I’m running for Congress to fight for our reproductive freedoms and ensure that our community has access” to abortion-on-demand.
Democrats have, in fact, stated that granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would give progressives “a governing coalition for the long-term.” The list of Johnson’s alleged “replacement theory” quotations came from America’s Voice, a left-wing campaign organization dedicated to engaging in “a meaningful Latino voter mobilization effort.”
Aside from tying the born-again speaker to multiple acts of mass murder, Lee slammed Johnson for introducing “the national version of Florida’s homophobic and transphobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill,” which Lee claimed “would prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.” The bill in question, the Stop Sexualization of Children Act, would cut off federal funding to any school district that teaches children under the age of 10 such sexually oriented concepts as “masturbation, pornography, sexual acts, and gender transition” or hosts “any program, event, or literature that exposes children under the age of 10 to nude adults, individuals who are stripping, or lewd or lascivious dancing.”
As an example of Johnson’s supposed “Anti-Abortion Extremism,” Lee quoted a message Johnson posted on Twitter celebrating the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision: “And now… FINALLY… because Roe v. Wade was overturned last summer and Louisiana is now a proudly pro-life state — we will get the number of abortions to ZERO!! EVERYONE deserves a birthday. Thanks be to God.”
Lee also criticized Johnson for cosponsoring the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, which protects unborn children from abortion after they reach 15 weeks gestation. But 71% of Americans believe abortions should not be legal after the first trimester or 12 weeks.
Lee’s press release reveals that the Democrat had prepared to criticize any Republican candidate who got elected Speaker of the House. After her multiform criticisms of Johnson, Lee goes on to reproduce attacks against former Republican speaker nominees Reps. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Among other critiques, Lee falsely accused Scalise of speaking in front of a 2002 white supremacist conference hosted by David Duke — a charge refuted by numerous eyewitnesses including conference organizer Kenny Knight.
Lee’s assessment of Speaker Johnson contrasts sharply with those who work closely alongside the Southern Baptist.
“He is a humble, godly man,” said Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.) on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Thursday. “Contrast him with our last Democrat Speaker of the House [Nancy Pelosi]. You have someone who is a man of faith. He’s pro-life, believes in traditional family values. He values the Constitution, believes in limited government, and the rule of law.”
“He is going to be an incredible speaker, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to have voted for him and to serve under his leadership.”
Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.