A 74-year-old Texas man with strong roots in the Republican Party in Texas proudly declared himself a "white nationalist" on Twitter last week.
Ray Myers is the founder of the Tea Party chapter in Kaufman County, Texas. He was part of Ted Cruz's "Texas Leadership Team" in the state during the presidential primaries, but supported and volunteered for then-candidate Donald Trump's run after Trump won the party's nomination at the Republican National Committee's Convention in June 2016, according to reporting from the Texas Observer.
Myers was also a member of the state Republican Party's 2018 platform committee, which itself included plenty of questionably bigoted statements about reforms to national policies.
Among the planks included in the party's platform, the GOP in Texas said it wanted "English only" ballots for voters to be printed out, supported the "reasonable use of profiling" to be used in the fight against terrorism, and a desire to change citizenship requirements in the U.S. Constitution to only allow those "born to a citizen of the United States or through naturalization" to become citizens, a move that would end birthright citizenship.
Although not blatantly promoting an agenda of white supremacy, late in November Myers voluntarily divulged he held such views. "Damn Right, I'm a WHITE NATIONALIST," Myers said in a Facebook post last week, "and very Proud of it."