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How to Counter the GOP's White Supremacy Campaign Messaging: A Podcast Interview with Zachary Mueller

The political director for the nonprofit America's Voice traces the history of the GOP's embrace of white supremacy messaging from the 2017 Unite the Right rally to the upcoming midterm elections.

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The Border Chronicle podcast is hosted by Melissa del Bosque and Todd Miller. Based in Tucson, Arizona, longtime journalists Melissa and Todd speak with fascinating fronterizos, community leaders, activists, artists and more at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Zachary Mueller, political director for America’s Voice, an immigrant advocacy nonprofit, has been tracking anti-immigrant and xenophobic campaign messaging since 2018. Mueller traces the deadly path from the 2017 Unite the Right white supremacy rally to this year’s great replacement messaging embraced by GOP candidates in the midterm election season.

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The Border Chronicle wrote about Mueller’s work earlier this month and how invasion and great replacement messaging from politicians like Kari Lake, who is the Republican candidate for governor in Arizona, undermines democracy and stokes violence. This issue is so important, and Mueller is so knowledgeable on this topic, we invited him to speak in greater depth about it on The Border Chronicle podcast.

Mueller also offers advice on what listeners can do to push back against racist conspiracy lies, and he talks about campaign messaging that can be used to lift border communities up rather than tear them down by portraying the region as a war zone.

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