In an official statement released today, Texas GOP Party Chairman Allen West attacked what he described as the “new woke fascist corporate oligarchy” and the recent For the People Act.
Reaffirming his conviction that pandemic-related election measures taken up before the November 2020 election were unconstitutional, he argued that HR 1 is an attempt to codify such changes. He then asserted that the state-level imposition of strong election integrity laws would render HR 1 meaningless, because “the federal government does not possess the constitutionally enumerated powers to mandate election policy.”
West went on to condemn the corporations who have spoken out and are “attempting to coerce states into submission.” Dell, American Airlines, and AT&T are among the corporations that have spoken out against restrictive voting bills in Texas, specifically calling out Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6. The legislation proposes changing existing voting rules, including shortening early voting hours and banning drive-through voting, which was popular among heavily populated, diverse areas in the November election cycle.
West later attacked organizations that, in recent years, have engaged with political and social justice causes. After explicitly denouncing the NBA, Delta Airlines, NCAA, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond among perpetrators, he wrote: “If these CEOs want social justice — which means leftist equality of outcomes — then stay in a state like California, where they will tell you what the diversity and inclusion composition of your Board of Directors must be.”
West concluded his Easter message: “Here is the question we really need to consider: when did these fascist corporate oligarchs come to believe they are in control in Texas, or in America? We didn’t elect them. They only exist in the free market economic system to provide us goods and services, not coerce us into accepting their ideological agenda.”