MSNBC host Donny Deutsch said that Democrats needed to "scare the bejesus" out of the voters about replacement theory because the economy has been tanking so badly.
Deutsch made the comments Wednesday on "Morning Joe" in response to a question from Joe Scarborough.
"The question is: What is the best way to push back on this hatred? What's the best way to push back on this conspiracy theory that is based on a Jewish international banker — I mean it is so anti-Semitic — and of course they've slotted George Soros in there, trying to make the country like browner and blacker," Scarborough claimed. "What's the best way for people to push back on that lie?"
"You take this heinous platform and you make the Republicans own it. I want to say it again, make the Republicans own it," replied Deutsch.
"Every Republican politician, every Republican candidate, ask them about it; they can't run from it, because it's part of who they are, as disgusting as it is. But make it the Republican replacement theory, mainstream it, because you have to scare," he continued.
"We don’t have the economy on our side as Democrats. So you have to scare the bejesus out of people — and a way to scare them, to say, 'You know this replacement theory, this is not just coming from some dark corner of the web, this is the Republican platform,'" he added.
"Make them own it, and Democrats run from this fist fight. I know in the previous segment," Deutsch concluded, "he talked about the president not wanting to call out names. Call out Tucker Carlson, call out the politicians and make this, make them own it, this is a Republican platform. It's the racist Republican replacement theory."
The replacement conspiracy theory involves the contention that powerful people on the left want to replace white people in the United States with minorities in order to change the demographic makeup of the electorate to fit their political agenda. The logic of the theory is somewhat undermined by recent polling showing Democrats are increasingly unpopular among Hispanics and blacks.
Deutsch made headlines in 2011 when he said that he hoped there was some moment like the deadly Kent State University shooting that would propel the left-wing "Occupy Wall Street" movement.