Texas Republicans Sew Extremism Into The Fabric Of Their Party

Texas Republicans wove a carpet of extremism this weekend.

At its convention in Houston on Saturday, the state’s GOP put forward a party platform calling for “abolition of abortion”, attacking homosexuality as an “abnormal lifestyle choice”, and formally rejecting it. Joe Bidenthe victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 election. It also reprimands Republican senators, including Texas conservatives John Cornyn, who was booed when speaking at the event — who took part in gun reform negotiations with Democrats in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school massacre last month. It’s a thoroughly radical doctrine, the kind that previous incarnations of the party might have toned down a bit, if only to avoid knocking out voters who weren’t already part of the grassroots. But the party downright turned down an attempt by some of its deputies to do just that, underlining not only how far to the right the GOP continues to move, but also how brazen it has become.

Donald Trump radicalized the party and accelerated grassroots demands. Brandon Rottinghausa political scientist at the University of Houston, told the Texas Tribune† “There are just no limits now to what the base could ask for.”

The GOP has never really been a big tent party. But back in the day, it tried to convince voters that it was — and sometimes even aspired to be one, at least for its own survival. “It’s time to smartly change course, modernize the party and relearn how to appeal to more people, including those who share some, but not all, of our conservative principles,” the Republican National Committee wrote in an autopsy of Mitt Romneyloss in the 2012 elections. “Our standard should not be universal purity; it should be a more hospitable conservatism.”

But Trump’s upset victory in 2016 taught them that, instead of running away they were able to flee from their extremism On the. Indeed, the GOP branch worried a decade ago that the complaints about the culture war were cold water dampening their electoral prospects; Trump showed them that it was actually kerosene that could be ignited to set the base on fire. And at the GOP convention in Texas last weekend, there was no shortage of kindling to keep that conflagration going.

At the three-day event, Texas Republicans took a right-wing purity test that even some of the most conservative lawmakers in Washington failed to pass: Cornyn was derided for participating in gun control talks with Democrats, even while bragging that he had used his seat. at the negotiating table to destroy Biden’s gun-grabbing wish list. Republican Congressman Dan Crenshawa former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in combat was physically confronted by congressmen, including apparently Proud Boys, who mocked him as “Eye Patch McCain” — a nickname apparently originated by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson† “Dan Crenshaw is a traitor!” one of the hecklers yelled at him during the incident, which was caught on video. “He should be hanged for treason!”

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