Texas Young Democrats Slammed On Twitter For Protesting During Harvey

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.

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.


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.

Many asked about them giving up the protest and helping collect items or organize for Hurricane Harvey victims instead.


The tweet from the Young Texas Democrats claimed there were only five Trump supporters at the stop which opened them up for more attacks.

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:

Jonathan Gaspard of Northeast Tarrant Young Republicans pointed out the difference in approach in this time of crisis.

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

Posted by Jonathan Gaspard on Friday, September 1, 2017

Prayers to all operation Texas strong team as we embark on our destination. In just a short 4 days our community has…

Posted by Monty Awbrey on Friday, September 1, 2017

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.

Also the Texas Young Republicans have created an Amazon list where you can buy items needed in the area and have it delivered straight to the disaster area.

Keep vigilant and stay safe Texas!

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