Texas Republican Party ousts chairman, picks tea party firebrand Allen West to lead in 2020 elections. The conservative Army veteran and former Florida congressman defeated chairman James Dickey.
Dallas News West vowed to use his post to push back against Democrats’ “progressive socialism.”
“I am sick and tired of Republicans being on their heels, being on the defense, always being reactionary with a party that as we see right now — they don’t stand up for the rule of law, they stand for rule of the mob,” he said during a victory lap on conservative media.
West used his time in Congress to argue that Islam is “not a religion” but a “totalitarian theocratic political ideology,” and that terrorism is inherent to the faith.
One of two Black House Republicans at the time, he called President Barack Obama a “low-level Socialist agitator” and called Obama supporters “a threat to the gene pool.” He also claimed that as many as 81 House Democrats were members of the Communist Party.
President Donald Trump quickly offered his congratulations. His fate will hinge partly on West’s ability to turn searing rhetoric into voter turnout.
Not surprisingly, the Texas Democratic Party slammed West.
“We’re disgusted but not surprised that Texas Republicans chose a certified racist conservative hardliner like Allen West as their new chairman,” said spokesman Abhi Rahman. “He’ll fit right in with the modern day Texas Republican Party.”
West spent 22 years in the Army and was a battalion commander during the Iraq war.