Friday, August 17, 2018

#TXLEGE: Dan Flynn is a gullible fool

"The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools."
Proverbs 3:35

No.  This isn't embarrassing.  Not at all:
An East Texas lawmaker is sponsoring a “March Against Far-Left Violence” at the Texas Capitol Saturday — one of at least eight marches around the country organized by assorted far-right groups. This weekend’s marches are supposedly in response to recent episodes of street fighting in the Pacific Northwest between left- and right-wing activists. Some members of white supremacist organizations have expressed interest in attending the march in Austin.

To hold an event on the Capitol grounds, organizations need a state lawmaker to sponsor it and attest to the State Preservation Board that it benefits the “community at large,” according to Texas law. State Representative Dan Flynn, a Canton Republican who’s carried controversial anti-Islam legislation, is sponsoring Saturday’s march. Last Thursday, he signed a form that states the event is hosted by Texans United for America, and above his signature, the event is described as an “Austin March Against Far-Left Violence … aimed at free speech and a call for peace within the universities, media and other far left organizations that engage in false rhetoric and violence.”


Organizers of Saturday’s events are not quite “alt-right” or white nationalist, according to Carla Hill, an analyst with the Anti-Defamation League. Rather, they’re more general far-right activists, drawn from the antigovernment “patriot” movement and the so-called alt-lite. “They’re right-wing extremists; they aren’t all white supremacists,” she said. “But events like this attract white supremacists as well, because these ideologies line up.”

The Observer found significant evidence of interest in Saturday’s event on the part of self-identified white nationalists. On the Facebook page for the Austin event, Houston-based “White Lives Matter” organizer Ken Reed is listed as attending, as are at least two pseudonymous accounts linked to the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front. Members of Patriot Front attended a pro-Trump march hosted by Texans United for America in Austin earlier this year.
It does not take a genius to look at the Facebook page linked in the article and recognize that this event is bad news.  At best, this would be an event filled with counterproductive, reckless, hotheads.  At certainly looks like the Texas Observer did a good digging up the worst.

Bottom Line: In fairness to Flynn, this is probably a case of genuine stupidity.  Dan Flynn might be a corrupt establishment hack who sold out his credibility attempting to intimidate a political whistle blower, but he probably doesn't harbor white nationalist views.  Still, to even put yourself in a position where the question needs to be asked....

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