Cockburn watched with delight last night as Ohio’s Democratic candidate for US Senate, Tim Ryan, served up an absurd accusation against Republican candidate J.D. Vance — only to have Vance spike the allegation in Ryan’s face with the force of Kerri Walsh Jennings.
It all started when one of the debate moderators, in a blasé, 1960s Firing Line kind of way, asked Ryan for his opinion of the Great Replacement Theory, which holds that powerful Jews are conspiring to replace white Americans with minorities and foreigners.
Ryan said he thinks the theory is nonsense, “grounded in some of the most racially divisive writings in the history of the world.” He then accused Vance of supporting the theory and tied him to the mass shooter who killed 10 people in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket last May. The crazed gunman is the alleged author of a 180-page online manifesto full of racist content.
“This Great Replacement Theory was the motivator for the shooting in Buffalo,” Ryan said. “That shooter had all these Great Replacement Theory writings that J.D. Vance agrees with. Some sicko got this information that he’s peddling — again, those extremists that he runs around with, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ted Cruz, all these guys they just want to stoke this racial violence. We’re tired of it, J.D.”
Cockburn marveled as Vance managed to keep his cool after such an egregious series of charges. “This is disgusting,” Vance, who has three biracial children with his Indian-American wife, fired back:
My own children, my biracial children, get attacked by scumbags online and in person because you are so desperate for political power that you’ll accuse me, the father of three beautiful biracial babies, of engaging in racism. We are sick of it. You can believe in a border without being a racist. You can believe in the country without being a racist. And this just shows how desperate this guy is for political power. I know you’ve been in office for 20 years, Tim, and I know it’s a sweet gig, but you’re so desperate not to have a real job that you’ll slander me, and slander my family. It’s disgraceful.
Most debates are lame, but this part is really worth watching:
J.D. Vance: "My own children, my biracial children, get attacked by scumbags online and in person because you are so desperate for political power that you'll accuse me, the father of three beautiful biracial babies, of engaging in racism. We are sick of it." pic.twitter.com/gPH5wIQMz8
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