GOP Leaders In One Of Texas’ Largest Counties Think Charlottesville Was A Hoax

Conspiracy theorists control all levels of Republican politics in Denton County
White supremacists walk into Lee park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA — Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

White supremacists walk into Lee park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA — Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

On Monday, October 2, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that Denton County GOP Chairwoman Lisa Hendrickson had resigned from her position over the weekend.

Hendrickson cited health reasons for stepping down.

In August, after Heather Heyer was killed while protesting the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a meme Hendrickson tweeted in January that joked about running over protesters was shared thousands of times on social media.

Hendrickson later shared an article that claimed the protests and counter protests in Charlottesville were a “false flag” operation orchestrated by former President Barack Obama to cause chaos.

Despite Hendrickson’s resignation, multiple members of the Republican Party in Texas’ ninth largest county have continued to share inflammatory and misleading material on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

At least three more members of the Denton County GOP’s leadership team, including State Representative Patrick Fallon, have claimed, or shared material that claimed, Charlottesvile was a hoax or that it was orchestrated by liberals.

Joseph Kane, a Denton County GOP Precinct Chair, regularly shares white nationalist imagery on his Twitter page.

I searched the social media accounts of every listed Denton County GOP party official and here is what I found:

Patrick Fallon (Denton County GOP Victory Chair/Texas State Representative HD-106/Texas State Senate Candidate SD-30)

Fallon asked if “some in power” wanted a scuffle in Charlottesville in an early morning Facebook rant defending Texas House Bill 250, a bill he wrote that would remove civil liability from motorists who ran over protesters.

Fallon is running for Texas State Senate in Senate District 30 and has promised to file the “Texas Historical Preservation Act” if he wins, which would ban the removal of Confederate statues. “There exists a method to this liberal madness,” Fallon wrote. “Delegitimize our history, next our founders, then you can delegitimize our constitution. Soros & Co. wt the aid of activist judges will finally be able to pin the socialist ‘utopia’ for which they’ve been pining for years.”

“Hmmm, let’s see, Antifa, Black Lives Matter and many other semi-professional leftist protesters on one side and Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK on the other. Wow, nothing bad could possibly come of that…Nitro, meet glycerine. Really!? I’m not espousing a conspiracy theory here merely asking a question, ‘Did some in power want a scuffle?’”

-Texas State Rep. Patrick Fallon

Mark Roy (Denton County GOP Vice Chair of Veterans Affairs/Texas State House Candidate HD-64)

Roy, a retired Marine, recently announced he will challenge incumbent State Rep. Lynn Stucky in the Republican primary for Stucky’s seat in Texas House District 64. Roy has written on Facebook that Charlottesville was staged, Arizona Senator John McCain is a traitor to the country, and that the Food and Drug Administration is putting sex hormones into canned foods in an attempt to turn Americans gay.

When Roy announced his campaign for the Texas House by changing his cover photo on Facebook, a friend noted that he could not see the image. “Hmmm…a no-flash picture of a black guy on a moonless night,” the friend wrote. “Either that or there was something wrong with the file upload because because all I got was a great big black rectangle with Mark’s campaign banner across the middle and no pictures.”

Roy’s response: “Thank you!”

Connie Hudson (Denton County GOP Vice Chair of Precinct Chairmen)

Hudson has shared multiple articles on her public Facebook page that claim Charlottesville was an inside job to “ignite [a] race war.”

“The New World Order, led in the United States by elite operatives Obama, Podesta, Soros, Clinton and company, are pulling out all the stops to create division through chaos and destruction,” one of the articles claimed. “Crowds of paid protestors and useful psychopaths are being sent into pitched battle against one another to sour the mood of the nation and further divide us all.”

At least four members of the Denton County Republican Party, including the outgoing chairwoman, have claimed that Charlottesville was a hoax, an inside job, or orchestrated by liberals. Party officials should immediately clarify their stance on the matter.

In the meantime, the Texas Republican Party should censure their counterparts in Denton County while clarifying their own position on the tragedy that happened in Charlottesville.

Silence is no longer an option.

You can reach out to Denton County GOP officials and ask them to clarify their beliefs here.


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