The Republican Party Of Texas' Unabashed Embrace Of Nazism And White Supremacy
The Texas GOP has chosen the path of upholding bigotry and discrimination.
Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Texas’ SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) had its quarterly meeting in Austin. Coincidently, the Texas Democratic Party’s SDEC (State Democratic Executive Committee) also had quarterly meetings. I watched both, and before I get into what came out of the GOP meeting, I want to highlight the stark differences between these two events.
The SDEC meeting is almost always in person and open to the public. Since Covid, it has rarely been on Zoom. But because of the holidays, the Texas Democratic Party decided to hold the meeting on Zoom this time, and I’m glad they did. The participants were white, Black, brown, young, and old. The diversity of that meeting looked like the Texas we all know and love.
The GOP’s SREC meeting, which they always post live and online each quarter, was basically a bunch of old white people.
It’s incredibly stunning knowing that white people are now a minority in Texas, and it proves that the GOP does not represent the majority of Texans.
Check out the results of a poll from the Texas Politics Project earlier this year.
52% of Republicans polled said that the increasing ethnic diversity in Texas is “a cause for concern.” It gets worse.
Republicans also polled that they thought Christians and whites were the most discriminated group.
And 50% of Republicans said that businesses respond “too much” to racial discrimination.
Now, if you’re grounded in reality and have been a keen observer of socio-political issues in Texas for years, you’re probably thinking, “WTF is wrong with Republicans?”
It’s a good question. I wish I had an answer for it. One thing is glaringly apparent, though. Republicans have a big problem with diversity, which explains why their quarterly meeting was lily-white.
This weekend, the Republican Party of Texas voted to maintain association with anti-semitic, pro-Nazi groups.
The SREC failed to pass a resolution aimed at abolishing ties with organizations or individuals with anti-semitic, pro-Nazi, and Holocaust denial ideologies. The failure to pass the resolution was sponsored by the Tim Dunn and Wilks brothers’ Defend Texas Liberty PAC, one of the RPT’s largest donors.
Here was the resolution that they voted against:
Texas is the most diverse state in the country, but the Republican Party of Texas has completely embraced Nazis. White supremacy fuels the beating heart of the Texas GOP, and this weekend’s vote confirms that.
The debate the GOP had over this resolution was mind-numbingly stupid and lasted over 30 minutes. If you’re interested in seeing it, you can find it here. Or, you can check out this highlight real, made by Chris Tackett:
All of this Nazi talk started when Jonathan Stickland and Chris Russo, among others in Tim Dunn’s camp, had a seven-hour-long meeting with famed neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes. Also in attendance at that meeting was the Republican Party of Texas chairman, Matt Rinaldi.
From the Texas Tribune: Nick Fuentes often praises Adolf Hitler, has called for a “holy war” against Jews, and compared the 6 million killed by the Nazis to cookies being baked in an oven. “All I want is revenge against my enemies and a total Aryan victory,” he’s said.
Nick Fuentes celebrated his win over the Texas GOP this weekend on his Telegram channel.
This vote to embrace white supremacy was far from the only racist vote the Texas GOP took this weekend.
They also passed ten resolutions, which will be ballot propositions on the Republican primary ballot in March. Here are those ballot propositions:
Texas should create a border protection unit and deploy additional necessary state law enforcement and military forces to seal the border and use physical force to prevent illegal entry and trafficking and to deport illegal aliens to Mexico or their nations of origin.
The Texas legislature should require the use of E-Verify by all employers in Texas to protect jobs for legal workers by preventing the hiring of illegal aliens.
The Texas legislature should end all subsidies and public services, including in-state college tuition and enrollment in public schools for illegal aliens.
Texas urges the United States Congress not to grant any form of amnesty or pathway to legalization for illegal aliens.
The Texas legislature should prohibit the deployment of the Texas National Guard to a foreign conflict unless Congress first formally declares war.
The Texas legislature should establish authority within the Texas State Comptroller’s office to administer access to the gold and silver bullion depository for use as legal tender.
The State of Texas should ensure that Texans are free to give or withhold consent for any vaccine without coercion.
The Republican Party of Texas should restrict voting in the Republican primary to only registered Republicans.
Texas should restore authority to the Texas Attorney General to prosecute election crimes.
Texas should ban the sale of Texas land to citizens, governments, or entities to China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia.
Ballot propositions are non-binding statements or questions presented to voters that allow the Republican Party to gauge the opinions of Republican voters on policy issues. If there is broad support for a ballot measure, then Republicans in the legislature try to turn the ballot measure into a bill in the next legislative session.
Because of the Republican’s super-majority, these ballot measures often become legislation passed out of the legislature.
Notice how 50% of their proposed ballot measures are targeting minority communities based on their immigration status or national origin? That’s because 52% of Republicans said that the increasing ethnic diversity in Texas is “a cause for concern.” There are no coincidences in Austin.
There is no place for hate in Texas.
Yet, the Republican Party of Texas casually accepts racists, anti-Semites, and Holocaust deniers. These racists sit on the SREC, they run for precinct chairs, and they even are trying to govern our state, which is only 39% white.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in Texas. We have to vote and convince millions of non-voters what’s at stake if they don’t.
Don’t feel discouraged by this latest act of white supremacy from Republicans. Let it fester as energy to get involved and make this state better. The Republican Party is dying, not only in Texas but also in the nation as a whole. Many good things are coming from the left, and it’s only a matter of time before Texas flips.
Rest assured that Texas will flip. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but it’s inevitable, and it will happen. When it does, Democrats will reverse every terrible thing Republicans did, and they’ll change this state for the better.
Make sure to check back on Thursday.
With only one week left until the filing deadline for the 2024 elections, several have asked me to post an update of open seats and filed candidates. I’ll attend the final recruitment meeting with many organizations and activists on Wednesday night and will have a full report on Thursday.
I’m not leaving Texas, I’m not giving up, and I’ll fight against the white supremacy coming from the right as long as it takes. I hope you stay in this fight with me.
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