Texas Republicans campaigning on hate-mongering messages are getting way too comfortable speaking what is truly on their mind. One such example is Tony Tinderholt, a Tea Party candidate running for HD-94 on a very extreme opposition to immigration.
Reported by the Texas Observer over the weekend, Tinderholt is seen in a video addressing his supporters while advocating for violence at the border. What exactly is Tinderholt’s grand solution to immigration? “People are gonna die … It’s the only thing that’s gonna stop this infiltration of our country.”
In this town hall meeting, Tinderholt, while speaking of God, proposes that Texans — much like the Spartans did in the movie 300 (yes, he actually said this) — should stand up in arms and stop this invasion by force. Tinderholt also proposes invading Mexico.
You can see him speak in the video below:
Tinderholt is “frustrated” at immigrants coming to the U.S. — particularly children seeking refuge from death and violence — because he argues they are just here “taking free stuff from us.”
“There are some young children coming over. I saw them. They are coming over for hopes of a better life. But their better life for them is free stuff. We have to stop them,” said Tinderholt.
Tinderholt associates himself with people like Dan Patrick, Bill Zedler, Konni Burton, and Jonathan Stickland. People he claims, much like himself, are true conservatives doing the right thing.
It seems, then, for conservatives, doing the right thing also means advocating for violence. Pushing an agenda so far to the right that death is spoken as a solution.
Texas Republicans like Tinderholt are becoming increasingly confident in expressing their xenophobic views without fearing any public backlash. Hatemongering has become such a common theme among Republicans, that elected officials like U.S. Senator Rafael Cruz and state Senator Dan Patrick, are openly embracing extremists like Tinderholt instead of running from them and shunning their hateful messages.
In the video, Tinderholt speaks of being really frustrated “where our nation is going, where our state and sovereignty is.” Yet, it is Tinderholt that fails to release he is part of the problem. He fails to realize the destructive path Texas Republicans are following leads to a dead end; and that by him advocating for violence at the border, he is helping mobilize the many Texans that are tired of the same old hateful dogma and discriminatory policies Republicans have shoved down our throats for the past two decades.
With candidates like Tinderholt, the 84th Legislative Session seems already poised to be an interesting time of leadership for our state.
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