With its open-kimono position on discrimination, Texas GOP thinks it’s 1919, not 2019
Some stereotypes are true.
The one about Texas Republicans struggling with the state’s changing demographics is one of them. In the free-wheeling and indecent Trump era, the old guard just lets it all hang out. And lash out. Here are examples from the last four months.
[Editor’s note: We’ve had to add an example since the original publication of this article several days ago.]
- White supremacy. A member of the Texas Republican Party’s platform committee, 74-year old Ray Myers, wrote on Facebook late last year, “Damn right, I’m a white nationalist and very Proud [sic] of it.” He only made the hole bigger when he tried to explain his statement.
- Religious test. In a well-publicized incident, the Tarrant County Republican Party held a vote in February on whether to demote one of its own members because he’s Muslim. Precinct chairwoman Dorrie O’Brien led the effort – very publicly – to oust him. Her side failed. That there was a vote in the first place is telling in 2019.
- Making voting harder. This month the Texas Secretary of State flagged 98,000 voters as being ineligible to vote. Problem was most of these folks were legally able to vote. A lawsuit charges this was an effort to purge Latinos from the voter rolls.
- Anti-LGBT legislation. A bill passed out of a Texas Senate committee on March 25 that would allow those working in licensed professions who have “sincerely held religious beliefs” to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
- English only! “She is a joke. English [-] this is not Mexico,” Chambers county commissioner and Republican Mark Tice said of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo who spoke English and Spanish at a news conference earlier this week. “It’s real simple. This is the United States. Speak English.”
And then file this under just weird. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) tweeted a quote by the 1920s Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The Senator was attempting to undercut socialism, but instead effectively endorsed an atheist and fascist.