|GOP legislators condoned Empower Texans with their silence
As Empower Texans attacked on Twitter, essentially defending white nationalism, Texas officials who the group supports and funds remained silent to their actions. There was no criticism from the three statewide GOP leaders supported by Empower Texans – Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and AG Ken Paxton. In the Legislature, House and Senate members like State Sen. Konni Burton (SD10 – Colleyville) and State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (HD92 – Bedford) failed to utter a word of criticism or even caution. Here are some of the Empower Texans supported officials who failed to speak out:
- State Senator Konni Burton (SD10 – Colleyville)
- State Senator Bob Hall (SD2 – Edgewood)
- State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (HD115 – Irving)
- State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (HD92 – Bedford)
- State Rep. Bill Zedler (HD96 – Mansfield)
- State Rep. Rodney Anderson (HD105 – Grand Prairie)
- State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (HD94 – Arlington)
Empower Texans backed officials must condemn group’s actions and refuse future public and financial support
Many Texas GOP legislators would not likely be in office if not for the political and financial support provided by Empower Texans. State Senator Konni Burton’s latest financial disclosure report shows that 30 percent of her contributions came from just one source - Empower Texans and its major funder, right wing billionaire Tim Dunn.
Healthy debate between the far-right views of Texas Republicans and the more mainstream views held by Democrats makes our state stronger. However, there is no room for Alt Right, white supremacist bigotry and racism in Texas or anywhere in our nation. Empower Texans has forfeited any legitimacy by so overtly showing sympathy to the white nationalist cause.