Republicans have spent the last year-and-a-half going deeper and deeper down the election-denial rabbit hole. Now in Texas, they’re actually adding it to their platform.
The Texas GOP convention was already dropping proverbial red flags the size of the state for extremism even beyond the expected levels. In a move that even Donald Trump Jr. decried, they shut out a group of gay conservatives, the Log Cabin Republicans, who were rejected in their application for a booth at the event, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They also added new language to the party platform, declaring homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” — a declaration that was not in the platform in 2018 or 2020, according to Texas Tribune reporter Eric Neugeboren.
It wasn’t just LGBTQ rights the party decided to take a hard-right position against, though. They’re also entirely opposed to the President of the United States, who they referred to as “acting President.”
Here’s the new section of the platform as regards President Joe Biden and the 2020 election:
We believe that the 2020 election violated Article 1 and 2 of the US Constitution, that various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020. We believe that substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States. We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans, and overwhelm any possible fraud.
The full new platform can be read here.
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