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Jonathan Stickland Removed as President of Defend Texas Liberty
The removal comes after pressure by a group within the SREC.
Last night we broke the news that Jonathan Stickland had been allegedly removed as President of Defend Texas Liberty (DTL).
DTL is a PAC that provides funding for a large number of grassroots-supported candidates.
The news comes after Jill Glover of the State Republican Executive Committee emailed fellow SREC members about the removal.
The letter Glover is referencing comes from a conservative group within the SREC addressing the October 8th meeting with Nick Fuentes.
State Republican Executive Committeeman Rolando Garcia stated the letter was not moot and that they still had concerns.
For those unaware. This is Nick Fuentes:
Fuentes, 25, often praises Adolf Hitler and questions whether the Holocaust happened. He has called for a “holy war” against Jews and compared the 6 million killed by the Nazis to cookies being baked in an oven. He wants the U.S. government under authoritarian, “Catholic Taliban rule,” and has been vocal about his disdain for women, Muslims, the LGBTQ+ community and others.
Fuentes spent almost 7 hours at the Pale Horse offices near Fort Worth, where he was seen exiting the Pale Horse offices with Chris Russo, President of Texans for Strong Borders.
Pale Horse is the umbrella organization in charge of consulting, decision-making, or funding for several organizations including:
Defend Texas Liberty PAC
True Texas Project
Texas Gun Rights
Texans for Vaccine Choice
Texas Family Project
Texans for Strong Borders
Stickland, nor Russo, have explained what was discussed in the almost 7 hour long meeting with Fuentes. Sources are stating that this was the second time Fuentes had visited the Pale Horse office this year.
TX GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi was also photographed at the Pale Horse offices the same day as the Fuentes meeting but immediately denounced Fuentes:
“We were just borrowing a conference room,” said Rinaldi, who arrived at the office just before 1:45 p.m. and left 45 minutes later.
He said of Fuentes: “I completely condemn that guy and everything he stands for. I would never in a million years meet with that guy.”
Asked if he would condemn Stickland or Pale Horse for hosting Fuentes, Rinaldi responded that he will “disavow Nick Fuentes but I’m not going to make assumptions” based solely on the Tribune’s reporting.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a new associate to Pale Horse adjacent group, Texas Gun Rights, was also seen at the offices that day but released a statement denouncing Fuentes and stated he asked to be excused from work that day when he was informed that Fuentes was in the office.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who received $3 million in loans and donations this year from Defend Texas Liberty, also released a statement confirming the meeting and said he spoke with one of the billionaires who funds DTL, Tim Dunn:
The Defend Texas Liberty (DTL) PAC website reflects Luke Macias as the new president of DTL.
Chris Russo, who chauffeured Nick Fuentes during his visit to Texas, was still giving speeches to groups as recently as Monday of this week.
The SREC group is asking the Republican Party of Texas to hold off on donations from Defend Texas Liberty until Stickland is removed and an explanation is given for why the meeting with Fuentes was held.
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