Texas Democratic Party

06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 16:03

Question for Republican Representative Matt Schaefer: Why did you invite Neo-Nazis to the Texas Capitol?

June 19, 2017

Austin, TX -- Over the weekend, ahead of Juneteenth, a group of Neo-Nazis descended on the Texas Capitol at the invitation of Republican Representative Matt Schaefer.

Everyone has a First Amendment right to free speech, butonly those invited by a member of the Legislature can reserve a spot to rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol.

At minute 14:45of the linked video, you can find Neo-Nazis confirming that Republican Representative Matt Schaefer reserved the Capitol steps for their racist hate speech. Ultimately, the state representative rescinded the reservation, but the Neo-Nazis continued with their planned event.

Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

'Republican Representative Matt Schaefer owes all Texans and the taxpayers who pay his salary an apology and complete explanation.

'Why did he invite Neo-Nazis to the Texas Capitol in the first place?

'There is no innocent explanation for this. This isn't the first time Schaefer fell horribly short of the responsibilities of his elected office. Texas families remember hisegregious provisionthat extended the scope of the racist 'show-me-your-papers' bill, S.B.4.

'It's no surprise that Schaefer's racist agenda would embolden Neo-Nazis to call for his support and privileged access to our Capitol.'

Additional Background:

Juneteenthcelebrates the day in 1865 when 250,000 Texas slaves, last remaining slaves in America were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. Many Austinites were celebrating Juneteenth at the same time that the Neo-Nazis scheduled their march.

After their march and rally, these Neo-Nazis spewed anti-Semitic slurs, attempted to intimidate progressives, and vandalized at least one vehicle belonging to members of a progressive organization meeting at a nearby restaurant. Read more.

Further Background on Republican ties to Nazis:

Last year, Republican Rep. Kyle Biedermanndressed as 'Gay Hitler'.