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CAIR-Arizona Condemns State Lawmaker’s False Flag Claim for Buffalo Mass Shooting

(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/16/2022) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Arizona), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a message from GOP State Senator Wendy Rogers insinuating that Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., was a false flag attack. 

Hours after the shooting took place, Rogers wrote that ‘fed boy summer has started in Buffalo,’ implying that that the shooter was a federal agent. The shooter, who livestreamed his attack on Twitch, released a manifesto promoting white supremacy and the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which holds that there is a conspiracy to demographically replace white people through immigration.  

SEE: State Senator Who Backs White Nationalism Suggests Buffalo Shooting Was False Flag

Rogers, who is a member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, has a history of promoting the great replacement theory and other white nationalist rhetoric.  

SEE: Buffalo Shooting: GOP Lawmaker Says Shooter Was ‘Fed,’ False Flag

“We condemn Senator Rogers’ appalling comments and call on the Arizona GOP to do the same,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif. “The kind of hateful propaganda she promotes has inspired violence in the past and must be repudiated.” 

She noted that CAIR and its New York chapter condemned the Buffalo shooting and urged accountability for those who inspired it. 

Video: President Biden, CAIR, CAIR-NY, NAACP Condemn Buffalo White Supremacist Mass Killing (CNN)  

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CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif,, 602-349-1573; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,