In a striking blow to Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Republican Party has officially come out in support of the First Amendment and Free Speech, disagreeing with the demanded censorship by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Texas Republican Party created a Gab account in January of 2021.
“The [Republican Party of Texas] will always fight censorship,” the party said in a statement. “We support the 1st Amendment, including free speech platforms.” They added, “TexasGOP has no plan to deplatform from any of our social media accounts. The 1st Amendment still shines brightly in the Lone Star State.”
The RPT will always fight censorship. We support the 1st Amendment, including free speech platforms & VC @CatParksTX‘s right to criticize such. TexasGOP has no plan to deplatform from any of our social media accounts. The 1st Amendment still shines brightly in the Lone Star State pic.twitter.com/mDsEb5hCYa
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) March 11, 2021
This comes after Greg Abbott claimed Gab was “anti-Semetic” and has “no place in Texas” while sitting in front of the American, Israeli, and Texas flags. Texas GOP Vice Chair, Cat Parks also came out against the first amendment and demanding the GOP delete it’s Gab Account in a public statement.
It should be noted that Cat Parks is known for working against Texas GOP Chairman Allen West and the grassroots activists in Texas. Most recently, her statement that the party should not focus on passing Republican priorities led some Republicans to wonder about her conservative bona fides.
Cat Parks then doubled down on Twitter with a incredibly out of touch tweet where Gab then responded with the support from the Texas GOP.
Texas GOP Establishment: 0 https://t.co/RhlSxOpt1z
— Gab.com (@getongab) March 12, 2021
We wonder where Greg Abbott and Cat Park’s priorities lie while they’re hyper focused on promoting anti-first amendment bills and calling for censorship. Greg Abbott claimed Gab did not represent Texas values.
National File contacted Parks for a statement at the number she provided on Facebook. Parks promised to send us the contact information for her communications director, who would then provide a comment. National File never received said contact information. National File also repeatedly attempted to contact Abbott’s press office and never received a response.