The 2022 state convention for the Republican Party of Texas took place this weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. GOP lawmakers adopted a litany of far-right resolutions and proposed platform changes, including anti-LGBTQ resolutions and measures declaring the illegitimacy of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Amidst ongoing attempts to push claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, the Party passed a resolution rejecting Biden’s victory and reiterating former President Donald J. Trump’s unfounded claims of a stolen election. These claims have repeatedly been debunked, including by many of his own former aides, and after a week of televised hearings about the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” read the resolution, which was passed on Saturday. “We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans, and overwhelm any possible fraud.”
Texas Republicans also voted on a platform that declares homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” and opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity.” The resolution also urges the Texas Legislature “to abolish abortion.”
“The official position of the Texas schools shall be that there are only two genders: biological male and biological female,” the resolution states. “We oppose transgender normalizing curriculum and pronoun use. We hold that biological men shall compete against other biological men and biological women shall compete against other biological women in athletics in the public school system of Texas and at the collegiate level.”
Another issue discussed was the bipartisan gun bill currently in negotiations. Sen. John Cornyn was faced with boos on Friday as he attempted to explain the legislation which would allow juvenile records to be incorporated into background checks for gun buyers younger than 21 and encourage “red flag” laws that would make it easier to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, along with more funding for school safety and mental health.
The party platform vote on Saturday argued that “all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God given rights.” It went further, to say that those under 21 are “most likely to need to defend themselves” and may need to quickly buy guns “in emergencies such as riots.”