As horrific as the recent mass shooting in Buffalo is, the idea that it was racially motivated and the act of a “radicalized white supremacist” has all the earmarks of a “false flag” operation designed to feed the left-wing agenda.
GOP State Representative from Arizona, Wendy Rogers, who has often spoken out about the “replacement theory” of the far left – says the idea of the shooting being a “false flag” is not so farfetched, even suggesting in a tweet that the shooter Payton Gendron, 18, was a “federal agent.”
A false flag is a political or military action carried out that is deliberately orchestrated with the intention of blaming the “other side” for it. In this case, it would be Gendron intentionally laying the blame on “white nationals” when he is actually a supporter of ANTIFA, BLM, or some other such radical left-wing organization.
There is no evidence yet that the Buffalo shooter has any such affiliation. However, Representative Rogers has cited right-wing conspiracy theories claiming that the mass shooting was perpetrated by a “federal agent.”
Representative Rogers posted her controversial stance to her Telegram account mere hours after the shooting in the supermarket that left 10 people dead and three injured.
“Fed boy summer has started in Buffalo,” Rogers tweeted, seeming to imply that the shooter was a federal agent.
The claim echoes far-right conspiracy theories claiming that mass shootings are government “false flag” plots designed to justify taking away citizens’ freedoms.
Authorities say the suspect in the Buffalo shooting livestreamed the attack and, in a manifesto posted online, cited racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. 11 of the 13 victims were Black.
In the wake of the shooting, extremism experts pointed to the overlap between the rhetoric of mass shooters and that of elected Republican officials like Rogers.
Similar to the shooting in Buffalo, the manifesto of the shooter responsible for the 2018 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, also featured extensive references to white supremacist conspiracy theories.
Rogers, who represents Arizona’s 6th legislative district in the state’s senate, has openly praised white nationalism. She is an admitted member of the far-right Oath Keepers so-called militia and has attracted criticism and has in the past been censured for pushing baseless far-right conspiracy theories while in office.
The GOP-controlled Arizona Senate has announced it was launching an investigation into Rogers’ controversial remarks.
Rogers has released a statement to the press saying that her remarks have been “misinterpreted” and that she expects to be “fully vindicated” by the inquiry.
“Sadly, my comment was taken completely out of context and became a false narrative that’s now the focal point of a firestorm created by certain race-obsessed members of the media,” she said.
“Let me be very clear — I do not condone violent crime or racism.” The statement read. “My heart breaks for those who lost their lives as well as for their families in this weekend’s shooting in Buffalo, New York. I pray justice is brought to the perpetrator. The person responsible for this heinous crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I denounce this tragic act as well as any and all other violent crimes that are spreading into communities across our country.”
Among the claims Rogers made is the so-called “great replacement” conspiracy theory, alleging that liberals are engaged in a plot to “replace” white people to maintain their power in office. The claim was pushed by Rogers in social media messages in July 2021 and also cited by the manifesto from the Buffalo shooting.
The so-far groundless claim that the Buffalo shooting was perpetrated by a federal agent was also pushed by well-known white nationalist figures, including Nick Fuentes. Fuentes is the organizer of the APAC white nationalist conference, which Rogers attended by video-link in February.