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During the Saturday shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, the 18-year-old suspect revealed in his diary that his radical views originated in internet communities such as 4chan and Reddit.
Before the shooting in a predominantly black neighborhood, Payton Gendron had posted a 106-page manifesto online, describing himself as a “white supremacist” and “anti-Semite.” Gendron said specifically in his diary that his beliefs had been impacted by 4chan and Reddit.
“My current beliefs started when I first started to use 4chan a few months after covid started. Many of which I got from 4chan’s /pol/ page and links found in /nsg/ and threads like that,” he noted in a diary entry dated Jan. 30. He was referring to 4chan discussion forums.
Furthermore, Gendron credited Reddit for forming his views, listing several Reddit forums he frequently posted in.
“Of course, many of my beliefs come from reddit too. Many subreddits I joined have been banned but they show up on r/AgainstHateSubreddits all the time,” he wrote on January 30th. “One’s that are still around include r/greentext, r/4chan, r/PoliticalCompassMemes, r/SocialJusticeInAction, r/LoveForLandlords, and r/AntiHateCommunites, of which I am actually in their discord.”
There have been numerous media reports linking Gendron to Republicans and prominent conservatives such as Tucker Carlson simply by ignoring the shooter’s own words, which blames online forums including Reddit and 4chan in addition to blaming Republicans.
According to Bill Collins of NBC News, Carlson is “directly trying to preach” to extremists such as the Buffalo shooter.
An article in Rolling Stone described the shooter as a “mainstream Republican,” while the Washington Post linked his beliefs to those of Carlson and two other Republicans.
An article in the New York Times also attacked Carlson for advocating “replacement theory,” where elites replace white Americans with immigrants to gain political power, which was mentioned by Gendron in his diary.
I think people were being melodramatic when we kept yelling there's a disinformation epidemic.
No, there's just a very active, very deadly disinformation epidemic. https://t.co/HzSRhE9Dkm
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 23, 2020
Some of these commentators talk often about online disinformation and the need to stop conspiracy theories from spreading.
Collins covers misinformation and extremism for NBC News and warns about the potential dangers of online misinformation, applying the labels “disinformation” and “conspiracy” to groups supporting the right wing.
Whether or not anyone helped the Buffalo shooter plan his white supremacist act of terrorism, he is not a lone actor — he is on a team that has owners, coaches, an infrastructure.
Tucker Carlson is part of it.
Trump is part of it.
People in Congress are part of it.
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) May 15, 2022
“It makes no sense how democrats and republicans see themselves so differently from each other yet they have 95% of the same views,” Gendron wrote on February 19. “Ascend into eco fascism my brothers.”
“Same things applies with democrats vs republicans. Both are controlled by Jews,” he wrote on March 7th.
The results of a quiz shared by Gendron showed that he held far-left and somewhat authoritarian views.
“I don’t think this is that inaccurate to my political beliefs. I tend to have quite a mix between conservative and progressive values though,” his statement reads.
“I tend to be progressive when it comes to development of science but conservative when it comes to culture,” he revealed in another post.
In the March 31 post, Gendron said he planned out his attack using Reddit’s mass killers page.
“Look at what people did before tou, [sic] I’m trying to find info on other mass shooters and see what they did and what to improve on. r/masskillers is very helpful,” he exclaimed. “Imagine if I went in on March 15 not knowing my gun wasn’t properly lubed and I had a failure to feed on every shot I took, that would be quite embarrassing.”
Gendron once remarked he could have had a normal life by getting off 4chan.
“I almost spent a year planning this attack,” he wrote on April 26th. “Oh how time flies, if I could go back maybe I’d tell myself to get the fuck off 4chan and worldtruthvideos and get an actual life. Too late for that now.”
Reporters asked a moderator of r/SocialJusticeJusticeInAction about the subreddit appearing in Gendron’s diary. The moderator was unaware of the page and he said the subreddit does not allow racism or bigotry.
Now the House Democrats have passed a domestic terrorism bill to silence conservatives and others who disagree with them.
Democratic legislators used the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday as justification to push for legislation that will give the FBI greater freedom to spy on conservatives and critics of the government’s revolutionary agenda.
There is nothing new about the new law. History has seen brutal regimes suppress criticism from their adversaries.
The Biden administration has also cracked down on conservatives who attended the protests on January 6 in Washington D.C. Dozens of Trump supporters remain incarcerated despite the fact that they did not engage in violence. There were many people who didn’t even enter the US Capitol on that day.
Therefore, the Biden regime and the international community are adapting to Marxist tactics that Americans find offensive.
As a result of the bill’s passage, anti-Trump Adam Kinzinger went around attacking Republicans.
Tucker Carlson talked about the new bill during his Thursday show.