'Skewed and out-of-whack': North Texas GOP faces deep divisions as conservatives and far-right extremists collide

'Skewed and out-of-whack': North Texas GOP faces deep divisions as conservatives and far-right extremists collide
The Conversation
Far-right extremists have the potential to mount a coordinated, low-intensity campaign of political violence

In a North Texas suburb outside of Dallas, conservatives and far-right Republicans are clashing on a number of issues. And according to the LA Times, Texas Republicans are facing a sharp difference in opinions regarding how America should "look, sound and feel like."

McKinney Texas Mayor George Fuller (R) recently expressed concern about the direction his party is heading in. As a moderate Republican, Fuller's personal views have also impacted his family life as his Trump-supporting siblings no longer speak with him.

"It's just not the party I recognize anymore," said Fuller. "We are at a place where families are torn apart by political ideologies that are so skewed and out of whack."

The publication notes how the Trump era widely influenced Texas Republicans' views and belief systems as the state's GOP is now comprised of "anti-vaccination protesters, QAnon conspiracy theorists" and those who harbor a deep distrust in President Joe Biden.

Out of the 377 individuals arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol, more than three dozen were reportedly Texas residents described as "lawyers, retirees, tech executives, and veterans." The findings prove that radicalized right-wing believers come from many walks of life, but share the same ideology and beliefs where politics are concerned.

Similar to the growing problem in Texas, other states across the country are also facing an increase in far-right extremism. And Fuller noted that the rise of pro-Trump political candidates challenging moderate and traditional Republicans could backfire and cause the party to self-destruct.

"We are either going to destroy ourselves from within or have a reset," Fuller said.

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