While most Texans spent the Memorial Day weekend enjoying activities with family and friends and remembering the sacrifice members of our military have made on behalf of our country, the Texas Democrat Party was busy embarrassing itself again, promoting t-shirts and mugs that celebrated their party as the “pot-smoking lesbian coalition.”
The phrase originated from Dave Carney, Gov. Greg Abbott’s top political consultant, who used the phrase to aptly describe Texas Democrats after the runoff election last week, which saw Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez beat out Houston businessman Andrew White for their gubernatorial nomination.
Texas Democrats scurried into action and put out a statement on Friday celebrating their new line and imploring supporters to “get your pot smoking lesbian coalition t-shirt, mug, and buttons today.”
But by Sunday evening the press release was scrubbed from the party’s website, along with the items in their online store and social media posts referencing the line.
Several Republican lawmakers drew attention to the shirts on their social media pages, noting the self-destructive nature of the Texas Democrat Party and believing their new campaign to be helpful for Abbott and other Republicans’ election later this year.
Looks like the Democrats have fine tuned their November messaging to win over middle-of-the-road, more moderate voters they will need to turn Texas blue. 🙂 https://t.co/XA0lyN7Gww
— Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) May 26, 2018
Not a joke: Texas Democrat Party selling “Pot Smoking Lesbian Coalition” mugs and T-shirts. pic.twitter.com/ij0mlBkqo6
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) May 26, 2018
Though a Democrat has not been elected to a statewide office in Texas since 1994, the party seems to be continually lunging to liberal extremes. By promoting themselves as the “pot-smoking lesbian coalition”, Texas Democrats continue to forfeit any opportunity to be taken seriously and eliminate any distant hope of returning to prominence anytime soon.
That said it’s hard not to give them credit for finally having some truth in advertising, if only for a weekend.