‘She's not racist’: House Republicans dismiss furor over Stefanik immigration ad

Rep. Elise Stefanik‘s GOP colleagues are largely defending the New Yorker over an incendiary immigration ad that sparked Democratic charges she was nodding to a racist conspiracy theory.

Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican leader, became the face of Democratic messaging after Saturday’s attack by a racist mass shooter in Buffalo, N.Y., as her opponents lined up to decry past ads she ran casting migrants as a force that would “overthrow our current electorate.” The shooter in a manifesto referenced the “great replacement theory,” which falsely asserts that

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