Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona who’s backed by former President Donald Trump, claims gun violence is basically a racial issue.
“We do have a gun violence problem on this country, and it’s gang violence.” Masters told “The Jeff Oravits Show” podcast in April in comments that were spotted this week by The Each day Beast.
“It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting one another. Fairly often, you recognize, Black people, frankly,” Masters said. “And the Democrats don’t need to do anything about that.”
Just weeks after his comments, 10 Black shoppers were murdered in a mass shooting in Buffalo, Recent York. The suspect, who’s white, allegedly targeted Black people during his killing spree. He was also reportedly a believer in “substitute theory,” a conspiracy theory that has spread in conservative media circles resembling Fox News.
As The Each day Beast noted, Masters has pushed that very same theory, which claims Democrats try to exchange white voters with people of color via immigration.
“Obviously, the Democrats, they hope to simply change the demographics of our country,” Masters told the “Patriot Edition” podcast, in keeping with The Associated Press. “They hope to import a wholly recent electorate. Then they call you a racist and a bigot.”
Arizona will hold its primary on Aug. 2.
The eventual GOP nominee for Senate will face off against Sen. Mark Kelly (D) in a seat the Cook Political Report has rated as a tossup ― and one that might help determine control over the evenly split Senate.