An influencial member of the Texas Republican Party’s 2018 platform committee proudly declared himself a racist “white nationalist,” according to The Texas Observer.
Ray Myers, 74, is very familiar with the political process. After serving as a delegate for Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign, the GOP operative worked as a volunteer for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Myers, has been involved in Republican politics for decades, The Texas Observerreports. He told Empower Texans that “the pivotal political moment came when Obama came on the scene. I knew immediately that America was in trouble.”
On November 27, 2018, the platform committee member wrote on Facebook, “Damn right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST and very proud of it.”
“I am (white) Anglo, and I’m very proud of it, just like Black people and brown people are proud of their race,” Myers told the Observer. “And white nationalist, all that means is America first. That’s exactly what that means. That’s where the president’s at. 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 blamed the media rather than history for the term’s current negative connotations and asked, “Is there anything wrong with saying they’re Black and proud? Is there anything wrong with being an American Indian and saying that we’re red and proud?
According to The Hill, Myers has been unafraid to use the BLM movement to support his pro-white views.
“I mean, just like Black Lives Matter, white lives matter, too,” Myers has said. “We’re all in the same melting pot. Now, why can’t we say, as Anglos, that we’re proud?”
J.T. Edwards, a Black member of State Republican Executive Committee, denounced Myers’ remarks shortly after they were posted. However, he does not think Myers’ opinions represent any larger opinions within the party.
“To have so-called white nationalists in our party is basically an abomination of the very foundations of the Republican Party,” Edwards said. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Mr. Myers’ position is part of the problem.”
Gallery: Inside Melania Trump’s Extreme Forced Plastic Surgery
Melania Trump has opted for some major cosmetic procedures to stay looking young for the President (especially because Donald Trump reportedly had a scalp reduction to correct balding, and maintains his complexion with heavy-handed spray tans).
There have been so many, despite denials, that it’s often questioned whether FLOTUS is actually Melania Trump, or perhaps a new model that Trump had imported. However, most insiders have claimed that Melania was forced to have these extreme treatments, so much that she looks nothing like the original.
Trump Blames Dead McCain for Healthcare Failures
In a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Trump attacked late Senator John McCain (R-AZ). He said McCain “did the nation a tremendous disservice” when he voted against a GOP bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2017.
“He did the Republican Party a tremendous disservice and he did the nation a tremendous disservice, tremendous, and it’s unfortunate,” Trump said, according to The Hill.
“He went thumbs-down at the very last moment and I thought it was a disgraceful thing to do and very, very bad for our country and bad for health care,” Trump continued. “It was done and then John McCain, at the very last moment, late in the evening, went thumbs-down and everybody said, ‘What was that?'”
Trump also criticized McCain for being connected to a dossier of claims about Trump and Russia. Trump also complained about not being thanked for giving McCain the “kind of funeral that he wanted” after the senator died of brain cancer in August 2018.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK,” Trump said.
Trump Wants to Take Away Disability Benefits from Happy Veterans
The Social Security Administration once again is floating an extremely ableist proposal: using social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, to monitor people with disabilities who receive disability benefits from the government including the 1.3 million veterans.
It’s not uncommon for veterans to have both Social Security and veterans disability claims going on at the same time.
Alternatively, some veterans receive veterans disability benefits before applying for Social Security disability.
A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
The agency is arguing this is necessary to fight fraud, ensuring that people who “aren’t really disabled” won’t be able to collect benefits. For the disability community, the implications of this proposal are significant — and very scary. If they seem too happy on social media, or show their live is getting better in any way, shape of form, they might lose their benefits.
The government provides many forms of disability benefits. But most people think of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income when they hear “disability.”
Social Security Disability Insurance is paid to people who worked at some point during their lives. It’s linked to their earnings, with people generally making less than $1,200 in benefits every month.
Social Security disability does not compensate disability claimants based on a partial loss of employability. You are either totally disabled or not disabled under Social Security’s definition of disability.
The SSA hasn’t yet offered specifics on how it might use social media in evaluating disability claims.
But writing for Forbes, Imani Barbarin, who has cerebral palsy and is an advocate for the disabled community, observed that the policy could backfire by mistakenly rejecting people from the program. She noted that such a proposal demonstrates a “fundamental misunderstanding” of disability and how a social media post made by a disabled person could easily be misconstrued.
“Disabled people don’t all function in the same way, and disability is not a set of stereotypes like taking selfies staring longingly at the world. They live lives while managing their energy for the activities they can handle and trying to make those they cannot more accessible,” Barbarin wrote. “Additionally, studies have shown that a majority of social media users show only the good in their lives, not the hardships or difficulties.”