Newt Gingrich Appears to Tout 'Great Replacement' Conspiracy Theory on Fox News

Newt Gingrich and Fox and Friends have been accused of "flirting" with the "great replacement," a racist conspiracy theory that says people of color are attempting to replace white populations.

In Monday's morning show, former House Speaker Gingrich joined the Fox and Friends team to discuss the ongoing border crisis and what they deem to be the unraveling of former President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

Speaking to the hosts, Gingrich said: "This is not a mistake, this is why they [the Biden administration] aren't calling it a crisis. They want the border to be open."

After falsely claiming Democrats were in favor of open borders, Gingrich continued: "What if your goal was to have the maximum number of illegal people in the United States?"

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy replied: "Perhaps that's why they're not calling it a crisis because it's working exactly as that is planned."

Researcher for the media monitoring group Media Matters Bobby Lewis said in a tweet posted on Monday: "Fox & Friends flirts with the Great Replacement, a white supremacist conspiracy theory."

Fox & Friends flirts with the Great Replacement, a white supremacist conspiracy theory: "What if your goal was to have the maximum number of illegal people in the United States? ... Perhaps that's why they're not calling it a crisis, because it's working exactly as thats planned"

— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 12, 2021

He then included the comments made by Gingrich and Doocy in his tweet as well as a video of the exchange.

A 2019 report for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue defined the conspiracy theory to "inspire calls for extreme action from its adherents."

The report said: "Proponents of the so-called 'Great Replacement' theory argue that white European populations are being deliberately replaced at an ethnic and cultural level through migration and the growth of minority communities."

It continued: "The Great Replacement theory is closely linked to other theories which are popular in white supremacist, ethno-nationalist and nativist circles, including the ideas of white genocide and Eurabia - with these concepts often used interchangeably."

Fox News faced calls to part ways with host Tucker Carlson after he was criticized for promoting the conspiracy on his Thursday night program.

In an April 9 letter sent by Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt to Fox News, Carlson was said to be promoting "dangerous stuff."

His letter read: "Last night, in a segment on his program [Tucker Carlson Tonight] dealing with voting rights and allegations of voter disenfranchisement, Tucker Carlson disgustingly gave an impassioned defense of the white supremacist 'great replacement theory,' the hateful notion that the white race is in danger of being replaced by a rising tide of non-whites.

"While couching his argument in terms of what he described as the Democratic Party attempting to replace traditional voters with immigrants from third-world countries, Carlson's rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists - it was a bullhorn."

It continued: "In short, this is not legitimate political discourse. It is dangerous race-baiting, extreme rhetoric."

On April 8, Carlton had said: "I know that the left, and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,' if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate—the voters now casting ballots—with new people, more obedient voters from the third world."

He later continued: "In a democracy one person equals one vote, if you change the population you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So, every time they import a new voter I become disenfranchised as a current voter.

"Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it, 'Oh Great Replacement theory.' No, no, no, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that."

Newsweek has contacted Gingrich and Fox News for comment.

Gingrich appeared on Fox News earlier today
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was accused of having "flirted" with the "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory on Fox and Friends. In this photo, Gingrich speaks about NAFTA at a summit on Oct. 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi / Stringer/Getty