The Texas Young Democrats Organization was rebuked by several hundred people earlier this week after posting on Twitter about having 70 protestors at the Austin DPS office to greet President Donald Trump as he visited the state Tuesday.
Currently about 70 protestors and 5 Trump supporters outside the Austin DPS office ready to greet DJT. #ReadyToResist
— Texas Young Dems (@TexasYDs) August 29, 2017
They used the hashtag #ReadyToResist and some wondered exactly what they were resisting as thousands were trapped by flood waters in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Resist what? Lifesaving disaster relief?
— Mike Simpson, M.D. (@DrMikeSimpson) August 29, 2017
Other users declared that this “division” and “hate”, especially during times of national crisis, are part of what lead to President Trump’s historic victory last November.
This is why he won. You're out of touch and have nothing to offer other than division and hate.
— Joel Hernandez (@BadOldDays) August 29, 2017
Many asked about them giving up the protest and helping collect items or organize for Hurricane Harvey victims instead.
So 70 people who could have come to help people didn't.
— Justen (@blanco_basura) August 29, 2017
Rather than protest, maybe you should volunteer to help the hardest hit by this flood.
— Evad Sayer (@evad_sayer) August 29, 2017
Bless Your Hearts-70 young Dems who could be working in a survivors' shelter, gathering needed supplies, on the phone raising relief funds
— Sandi Batik (@sandi_batik) August 29, 2017
i'm sure people at shelters would like to join you right now..but you know they have nothing after the storm
— Richie Brienza (@Richie_Brienza) August 29, 2017
The tweet from the Young Texas Democrats claimed there were only five Trump supporters at the stop which opened them up for more attacks.
The Trump Supporters are out helping the Flood Victims rather than making a FOOL out of their selves
— Clyde Lynn (@CaptClyde) August 30, 2017
Does this means conservatives in Austin are 14 times more likely to have a job? Or 14 times more likely to be helping #Houston?
— Discarded Virtues (@DiscardedVirtue) August 29, 2017
Some Young Republican took the opportunity to point out the perceived tone deafness of the tweet.
Matthew Thomas of Florida is the Young Republican National Federation’s Communication Director and has been promoting efforts and opportunities for Young Republicans around the nation to help Harvey victims.
He tweeted out this in response:
People are dying, families are drowning in their cars, this is what the @TexasYDs are pushing. Maybe try not pushing division right now?
— Matthew (@matthewoberly) August 30, 2017
Jonathan Gaspard of Northeast Tarrant Young Republicans pointed out the difference in approach in this time of crisis.
— Jonathan Gaspard (@JGaspard) August 30, 2017
Gaspard along with several Dallas Young Republicans have loaded two trucks, a trailer, and a car full of supplies for several stops in south Texas tomorrow. They also are working with the Montgomery County Young Republicans to gather water for the Beaumont area who just lost their water supply.
There are certainly many Texas Young Democrats volunteering around the state. Perhaps even going to a political protest is a way some of them clear their mind. For myself, I know a political discussion can be a catharsis to get my mind off the damage and danger to those I care about, but one must wonder if bragging about “resisting” at such a time is wise. Especially, when you combine that by boasting about how few supporters of President Trump there are there.
While they were bragging about the protest here is what the Young Republicans were doing:
We are about loaded and ready to go. We have more room if anyone would like to swing by a few more needed items! #hurricaneharvey #texasyrs #reliefeffort #texasstrong @ Restoration Roofing
— Amanda Adámez (@AmandaAdamez) August 31, 2017
— AR Young Republicans (@ARYR) August 29, 2017
— Young Republicans (@yrnf) August 28, 2017
— Dallas YR (@DallasYR) August 29, 2017
— Tyler Duvelius (@TylerDuvelius) August 30, 2017
Prayers to all operation Texas strong team as we embark on our destination. In just a short 4 days our community has…
Texas is a week in to Hurricane Harvey and people are just starting to return home in some areas as others get worse. There is plenty of time to “resist” later. Right now it is best to “persist” and work together because recovery is a long road ahead. Last year, the Texas Young Republicans and the Texas Young Democrats came together to help those in Louisiana after flooding. Lets see that same spirit in Texas.
If you would like to help the Republican Party of Texas is keeping an updated list of needs and search the hashtag #RPTServes on social media.
Keep vigilant and stay safe Texas!