Rolling Stone faces intense backlash on social media after issuing a commentary article proposing that the 18-year-old suspect in the Buffalo shooting was a “mainstream Republican” despite his own manifesto repeatedly scolding conservatives and espousing liberal ideologies. The article suggests that Right-wing extremists command the Republican Party and drive hateful and delusional rhetoric that channels both the “great replacement” theory and White supremacy. [tweet_embed] May 19, 2022[/tweet_embed] The “great replacement” theory is “the idea that white people, in the United States and White-majority countries around the world, are being systematically, deliberately outbred and "replaced" by immigrants and ethnic minorities, in a deliberate attempt to rid the world of whiteness,” due to the Rolling Stone article. The theory has worked as the inspiration for many terror attacks and fed a “gnawing fear of a minority-White America” that has consumed Conservative politics in the nation, the article posits. Thus, instead of a lone wolf, the shooter in Buffalo is a “mainstream Republican” who is “gripped by a racist delusion,” according to the commentary article. “There’s no such thing as a lone wolf — an appellation is often given, in error, to terrorists who act alone, particularly those of the White supremacist variety. There are only those people who, fed a steady diet of violent propaganda and stochastic terror, take annihilatory rhetoric to its logical conclusion,” they wrote. [tweet_embed] May 19, 2022[/tweet_embed] “What unites murderers like Gendron, and the long list of white supremacist attackers he cited with admiration, with the mainstream of the Republican party is the dream of a White nation,” they declared. Many on social media have not taken kindly to that suggestion and have ripped Rolling Stone online. “So Rolling Stone is giving a platform to the idiot who falsely accused a handicapped ICE employee of having a Nazi tattoo,” one user tweeted. “You gaslighting piece of crap. Shame on whoever wrote this,” a different user remarked. [tweet_embed] May 19, 2022[/tweet_embed] A “‘mainstream Republican’ @RollingStone continues its utter degeneration into the appalling,” claimed another user. “Actually, the shooter categorized himself as ‘authoritarian left’ who was once a communist now turned green Ethno-nationalist fascist socialist. It just proves White supremacy isn’t only on the Right, especially with these younger generations. Also, Rolling Stone is a joke,” according to one Twitter user. [tweet_embed] May 19, 2022[/tweet_embed] “I bet you there are people at ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and Washington Post who KNOW Republicans in their families and neighborhoods who know the right isn’t a terrorist organization. But they don’t care and will share that NYT or Rolling Stone story,” another user commented.