Ray Myers, a member of the Texas Republican Party’s 2018 platform committee, considers himself a white nationalist and is “very proud of it”, according to a Texas newspaper.
The Texas Observer reported Tuesday that Ray Myers took to social media last week and wrote, “Damn right, I’m a white nationalist and very proud of it."
“I am Anglo and I’m very proud of it, just like black people and brown people are proud of their race. I am a patriot. I am very proud of my country,” Myers explained in an interview with the outlet. “And white nationalist, all that means is America first. That’s exactly what that means.
"That’s where the president’s at," he continued. "That’s where I’m at and that’s where every solid patriotic American is. It doesn’t have anything to do with race or anything else.”
White nationalism is really no different from the Black Lives Matter movement, Myers said.
“I mean, just like Black Lives Matter, white lives matter, too,” Myers said. “We’re all in the same melting pot. Now why can’t we say, as Anglos, that we’re proud?”
The 74-year-old Myers has been around Republican politics for years, founding the Kaufman County tea party chapter and participating on Senator Ted Cruz’s “Texas Leadership Team” during the Republican candidate’s 2016 presidential run.
Myers was one of the Texas Republicans selected in June to craft the party’s platform.
The 2018 Texas platform includes a push for several new objectives including: “English, and only English" voting ballots, “reasonable use of profiling” to defeat radicalized Islamic terrorists and abolition of the refugee resettlement program.
The state party’s executive committee unanimously passed a “non-discrimination” resolution over the weekend that affirmed its support of religious liberty within the party, the outlet noted.