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Cheney says House Republican leaders have ‘enabled’ white supremacy.

Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and a former member of G.O.P. leadership in the House, on Monday called out her party’s leaders for enabling the spread of white nationalism after a gunman who believed racist ideology killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Ms. Cheney wrote on Twitter. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Her statement came as Republicans in Congress were angrily pushing back against accusations that their language and actions have perpetuated the kind of racism and xenophobia that were apparently behind the massacre.

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Yet as of Monday morning, none of them had spoken out against the racist “white replacement theory” that motivated the killings or the white nationalism undergirding it.

Some Republican lawmakers have openly promoted white nationalism. In February, Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona participated in a conference organized by Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the minority leader, ultimately called their actions “appalling and wrong,” but he did not formally rebuke or punish them.

While top Republicans have been less overt than some of their hard-right colleagues, many of their attacks on Democrats appeal to racial and ethnic grievances and share themes with replacement theory, which posits that Western elites, sometimes manipulated by Jews, want to replace and disempower white Americans.

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Much of the focus in the wake of the shooting has been on Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, who represents a district in Northern New York and who replaced Ms. Cheney last year as the No. 3 House Republican. (An earlier version of this item incorrectly stated that she represented Buffalo.)

Ms. Stefanik has pushed the false claim that Democrats were planning to legalize undocumented immigrants in order to replace American voters and install themselves in power.

In September, she released a campaign ad on Facebook claiming that Democrats were plotting “a PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION” by granting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants, which her ad said would “overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”

She and other Republicans have also falsely accused President Biden in recent days of sending pallets of infant formula to the children of undocumented immigrants at the expense of Americans who need it, amid a national shortage.

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Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and an ally of Ms. Cheney, said other party leaders should be called to account for Ms. Stefanik’s statements.

“Did you know: @EliseStefanik pushes white replacement theory? The #3 in the house GOP,” he wrote.

He noted that Ms. Cheney had been removed from her party leadership post after she criticized former President Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“@GOPLeader should be asked about this,” Mr. Kinzinger added, referring to Ms. Stefanik’s statements.

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Alex deGrasse, a senior adviser for Ms. Stefanik, called it a “new disgusting low” to imply that the congresswoman shared any blame for the spread of the racist beliefs that inspired the shooter. Ms. Stefanik, he said, “has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement.”

In a lengthy statement on Monday decrying “smears” against her, Ms. Stefanik denounced the violence but was silent about the white supremacist ideas that the accused killer said had motivated him.

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