Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the Resurgent Gathering 2018, a meeting of conservatives hosted by influential blogger Erick Erickson, when asked whether a blue wave was coming to the Lone Star State.
“Instead of building a wall on the border between Texas and Mexico, we’re going to build a wall between Texas and New Mexico so we can keep all of the Californians out.”
Alex Jones’ Infowars.com on his removal from various social media platforms.
“Authoritarian tech titans Facebook, YouTube, and Apple banned us from their platforms on the same day in a coordinated communist-style crackdown.”
The quote Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted and incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill. Abbott was referring to antifa, which has become well-known during the Donald Trump presidency for confrontations – sometimes violent – with neo-Nazis and white supremacists at protests and other events.
“The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, criticizing the Southern Poverty Law Center in a speech at the far-right Alliance Defending Freedom’s annual Summit on Religious Liberty. The SPLC has listed the ADF as a hate group for its anti-LBTQA work.
“Yet people of faith are facing a new hostility. Really, a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith. You’ll notice that they don’t rely on the facts. They don’t make better arguments. They don’t propose higher ideals. No, they just call people names – like ‘hate group.'”
Joe Straus, speaker of the Texas House and a Republican representative from San Antonio, calling for the removal of the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque from the Texas Capitol.
“Those of us who support moving this plaque do not wish to erase history. But plain falsehoods do history no favors. The plaque was placed in the Capitol as an act of division and hate. If we really want to show that we’ve made progress in the 60 years since, we need to stop the stalling and remove it.”