A member of the Texas Republican Party’s 2018 platform committee and former delegate for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s (Texas) presidential run proudly declared himself a “white nationalist,” reports The Texas Observer.
The newspaper reported Tuesday that Ray Myers made the declaration on social media last week, writing, “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 Texas Observer. “And white nationalist, all that means is America first. That’s exactly what that means.
“That’s where the president’s at,” he added. “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.”
Myers likened the term “white nationalist” to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“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?”
President Trump was widely criticized in October for declaring himself a “nationalist.”
“I’ve never even heard that. I cannot imagine that,” Trump said when asked if his comments imply that he’s a white nationalist. “I’m somebody that loves our country.”
According to The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the term white nationalism is akin to white supremacist or white separatist ideologies that often focus on the “alleged inferiority of non whites.”
The SPLC says groups like the Ku Klux Klan, as well as neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi and racist skinhead groups, could be described as white nationalist groups.
J.T. Edwards, an African-American member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, denounced Myers’s comments, according to the Observer.
“To have so-called white nationalists in our party is basically an abomination of the very foundations of the Republican Party,” said Edwards. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Mr. Myers’s position is part of the problem.”