Texas Politics

Fellow Republican wants to remove Texas GOP leader who says he’s a white nationalist

A Republican leader in Texas is calling for the removal of fellow Republican Ray Myers from his state leadership post after Myers declared himself a white nationalist.

Myers, who is from Kaufman County, helped run Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and serves as a member on the Texas Republican platform committee.

On Nov. 27, Myers declared on Facebook he is a white nationalist and “proud of it” when he shared a news article about CNN reporter Jim Acosta discussing whether Americans think Trump is a white nationalist.

When he shared the story on his page, Myers wrote, “Damn Right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST and very Proud of it.”

Matt Mackowiak, GOP chairman in Travis County, called for Myers to be removed from leadership based on his comments.

Mackowiak said Myers’ comments are problematic and hurt the Republican Party.

“It’s time to remove Ray Myers from any leadership position in the @TexasGOP,” he tweeted Wednesday night, along with an article about Myers’ comments. He tagged Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey, Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

“Any comment that any Republican makes that can be credibly received as racist or racially insensitive is profoundly unhelpful right now,” Mackowiak said in an interview. “Clearly the comments are unacceptable, and we have to be clear about that. We have to police our own side.”

On Nov. 28, Myers wrote another post after receiving backlash for his white nationalist comment.

“President Trump Statement about Nationalism is as simple as pie,” he wrote. “It is time to put America 1st-- So if you’re not willing to put America 1st, maybe you should move to Amsterdam! Like Trump, I’m a White Texan, I’m for America 1st and I’m damn Proud to shout it out!-- In addition, Acosta like CNN, is an Enemy to the People!”

Myers did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.

Mackowiak said Myers may have confused white nationalism with nationalism and needs to be clear about what he meant.

“White nationalism says white people are the supreme race. That’s a ridiculous thing to say,” he said. “You can be proud to be American, a Christian, a Texan — but it makes me wonder why someone would be proud to be one race or another.”

He said Myers’ comments give minorities the wrong idea about the Republican Party.

“The Republican Party needs to be crystal clear we are not racist,” he said.

Mackowiak also recently spoke out against attempts in Tarrant County to remove a Muslim from a local GOP leadership position.

Mackowiak emailed a letter to Tarrant County Chairman Darl Easton asking him to “reject a bigoted effort launched by at least one of your precinct chairs to remove a Muslim individual from your leadership and remove another precinct chair who is married to a Muslim.”

“I spoke out against the Muslim thing, and I’m speaking out against this,” Mackowiak said about Myers’ comments. “I’m not looking for a way to criticize Republicans, but the stakes are too high for us right now.”

Summer Wise, State Republican Executive Committee member for Senate District 24, also condemned Myers’ post. She said his “most prudent option” would be to step down and remove himself from political activism.

“Ray Meyers has sabotaged his own credibility and standing within the GOP and within his community,” Wise said in an email. “We can’t control what every Republican says, but these types of statements do not reflect the views of our party.”

In 2016, Myers was a member of Ted Cruz’s “Texas Leadership Team” during his presidential campaign and served as a Cruz delegate at the Republican National Convention. He also served as the chairman of the Kaufman County Tea Party.

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