John Cornyn booed at Texas GOP convention

John Cornyn booed at Texas GOP convention

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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June 23, 2022

At the three-day convention held by the Republican Party of Texas in Houston this past weekend, Senator John Cornyn was loudly booed when he spoke at the convention for his role in the negotiations on the bipartisan gun safety package.

“Democrats pushed for an assault weapons ban, I said no,” Cornyn said. “They tried to get a new three-week mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, I said no. Universal background checks, magazine bans, licensing requirements, the list goes on and on and on. And I said no, no, 1,000 times no.”

Despite assuring the crowd that he had “fought and kept President Biden’s gun grabbing wish list off the table,” he still received boos from the crowd. The modest gun safety package that is making its way through the Legislature would encourage states to adopt “red flag” laws and tighten background checks on gun buyers 18 to 20.

When Cornyn later referred to the booing GOP delegates as a “mob,” he was subject to further backlash. On Monday, one hard-line gun rights group demanded his apology “for mocking his law-abiding constituents.”

“John Cornyn is the definition of a two-faced politician. He claims to support the Second Amendment, but is actually working to eviscerate our gun rights by cutting deals with anti-gun Democrats — and when his constituents publicly held him accountable, he called them a mob,” said Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights.

Cornyn was not the only Republican legislator to face the wrath of the crowds. A new video circling social media shows right-wing activists confronting Rep. Dan Crenshaw about sending aid to Ukraine and red flag laws during the Texas Republican convention on Saturday. Activists hurled insults at the former Navy SEAL, calling him a “traitor” and proclaiming that Crenshaw should be “hung for treason.”

Crenshaw responded to the incident on Twitter saying, “This is what happens when angry little boys…don’t grow up and get girlfriends.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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