The same morning hundreds of people from across the state gathered in support of common sense reform in front of the capitol steps, a Dallas lawmaker was busy ridiculing them. This time, he found his spotlight in the form of bashing the same conservative movement he claims to champion.

Equality Texas, an Austin-based progressive advocacy and political action group, posted a tweet on August 3rd, championing State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) for his shared opposition to the so-called “bathroom bill.”

Democrat extremists have championed the so-called “rights” of children, who have opposing genitalia, to share the same facilities in public schools–all under the guise of “progress and equality.” Villalba shared the image from the tweet to his own profile as well, featuring another one of his overly dramatic 140 character monologues.

The tweet comes in what has been a consistent commitment by Villalba to the left wing advocacy group and other liberal ideologues and candidates. During the 85th legislative session, Villalba published an op-ed on Equality Texas’ website, in which he said that he “stands against bigotry and ugliness,” and “that ordinary Texans are not haters,” a nasty and vindictive insinuation against Texans justifiably concerned about the privacy and safety of minors.

It’s in this same op-ed that Villalba distinguishes himself as a “conservative republican,” a title that he often co-opts while applauding efforts by Speaker Straus and his henchmen to kill conservative reforms in the House.

Respectful opposition by Villalba to the “bathroom bill” would be disappointing, but tolerated. But his left-wing style personal attacks and outright bitterness towards conservatives who support various versions of privacy legislation is truly shameful. Regardless, name-calling and the successful alienation of conservatives have become Villalba’s bread-and-butter during his tenure in office. And his bombastic, virtue signaling tirade for attention is nothing new.

Villalba’s time in office has earned him a résumé that includes nationwide scorn from across the political spectrum for authoring a terrible and complicated law, that would have stifled the first amendment in Texas, countless numbers of liberal policies that would have crippled Texas taxpayers and their religious freedoms, and supporting the campaigns of democrats. Representative Villalba can top his illustrious list off with poorly executed jockeying for fellow liberal Speaker Straus, who he has laughably called “Reaganesque.” A series of insults meant to belittle supporters of a piece of legislation, most often used by the left, are sure to be in the memory of primary voters when they go to the ballot box in 2018.


Austin Goss

Austin Goss is the Capitol Correspondent for Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Austin is a Christian, soldier in the United States Army Reserves, and a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow Austin on Twitter @AG_Legacy


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