Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

Texas GOP asks people to follow it on Gab, a social media platform used by right-wing extremists 

click to enlarge Firebrand former congressman Allen West unseated James Dickey as head of the Texas GOP. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore
  • Firebrand former congressman Allen West unseated James Dickey as head of the Texas GOP.
The Texas Republican Party, under the leadership of firebrand former congressman Allen West, is asking supporters to follow it further to the fringe.

On Saturday, the Texas GOP tweeted out a message urging followers to join it on "free speech" social media app Gab — a story first reported by Newsweek.

After Amazon Web Services suspended conservative network Parler, Gab has become a magnet for extremist right-wing figures and adherents to QAnon conspiracy theories. The platform, which touts itself a bastion of free expression, has virtually no censorship rules and is regularly used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

The invitation comes as Texas GOP — under the leadership of West, a one-term Florida congressman — continues to take heat for adopting the slogan "We are the storm" in August.

Critics charge the phrase is a
dog whistle to QAnon conspiracy followers, who believe the "storm" is the moment Donald Trump will expose the network of satanic pedophiles who secretly run the government.

West has defended the slogan, saying it stems from an unattributed quote he's fond of: "The devil whispers to the warrior slyly can it withstand the coming storm. The warrior responds, 'I am the storm.'"

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation