The Texas Tribune reports:
Former Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s name has been removed from the website of Defend Texas Liberty, a political action committee and major donor to top Texas Republicans, where he served as president. Defend Texas Liberty’s website now lists Luke Macias, who previously served as the group’s director, as its president. The change follows more than a week of outrage after Nick Fuentes, had spent nearly 7 hours at the offices of a consulting firm, Pale Horse Strategies, that is also owned by Stickland.
Defend Texas Liberty is a major donor to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as other influential Republicans. The group is funded almost entirely by two West Texas oil tycoons, Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks, and was a key defender of Paxton during his impeachment trial this summer. Defend Texas Liberty gave $3 million in loans and donations to Patrick months before he presided over Paxton’s acquittal on all impeachment charges in front of the Texas Senate.
Read the full article. During his time in the Texas House, Jonathan Strickland appeared here several times for his bizarre pronouncements such as 2020’s “if aliens exist, they need Jesus” and his 2019 rant that all vaccines are created by “communist sorcery.”
NEW: Nine days after the @TexasTribune reported that he hosted white supremacist & Hitler admirer Nick Fuentes, Jonathan Stickland is no longer listed as president of Defend Texas Liberty, a major donor to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton & others. #txlegehttps://t.co/0i234Jq7aD
— Robert Downen (@RobertDownen_) October 18, 2023