Another openly racist Republican: Ray Myers, a member of the powerful Texas GOP platform committee, says he’s proud to be a white nationalist.
The Texas Observer reports:
At the Texas Republican Party’s 2018 convention, Ray Myers was a part of a select group of activists charged with crafting the platform for the biggest and most influential state party in the country. Myers is also a white nationalist…
Myers, a prominent Texas Republican and former delegate for Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential run, publicly announced that he was an out and proud white nationalist via social media last week, declaring:
Damn right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST and very proud of it.
Describing his own political awakening in a profile published by Texas Scorecard, the self-identified white nationalist said:
The pivotal political moment came when Obama came on the scene. I knew immediately that America was in trouble.
And while Myers is proud to be a white nationalist, he doesn’t want you to think he is a racist. Myers told the Texas Observer:
Pro Tip: If you call yourself a White Nationalist, you are a racist. Full stop.
I am Anglo and I’m very proud of it, just like black people and brown people are proud of their race. I am a patriot. I am very proud of my country. And white nationalist, all that means is America first. That’s exactly what that means. That’s where the president’s at. That’s where I’m at and that’s where every solid patriotic American is. It doesn’t have anything to do with race or anything else.
The Texas Observer notes that the GOP platform Myers helped to write promotes white nationalism:
The 2018 platform includes numerous planks that espouse a nationalistic view, including a demand for using “English, and only English” voting ballots; “the reasonable use of profiling” to defeat radical Islamic terrorists; a condemnation of participation in the United Nations as a threat to U.S. sovereignty; an abolition of the refugee resettlement program; the prohibition of any sort of immigration amnesty; a constitutional amendment defining citizenship “as those born to a citizen of the United States or through naturalization,” among many others.
It is no secret that Republicans are often racist. However, under Trump many Republicans are no longer ashamed of admitting that they are racist white nationalists. For example, earlier this year GOP Congressman Steve King admitted that Republicans are just like Nazis. Defending his support of European Nazis in an interview with the Washington Post, King made the astonishing claim that if they (European Nazis) were in the U.S. they would be Republicans.
Bottom line: Ray Myers, an influential Texas Republican and former Texas Delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, says “I’m a White Nationalist and very proud of it.”