Though increasingly competitive for Democrats, the state of Texas remains red, but its far-right Attorney General Ken Paxton recently admitted to white nationalist podcast host Steve Bannon that the threat to Republican dominance in the Lone Star State is voting rights.
Paxton's comments come as the Senate considers another long shot attempt to pass consequential voting rights legislation to offset the voter suppression bills passed by Republican state legislatures across the country, including Paxton's home state.
Paxton told Bannon:
"It's just a matter of, whether it's this time, the next time, the next time, we're done in Texas if anybody can vote."
In the face of conservative fantasies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from former President Donald Trump, Texas' Republican governor, Greg Abbott, signed into law a so-called election reform bill.
The legislation—Senate Bill 7—includes some of the strictest election laws in the nation that are certain to disproportionately block access to the ballot box among the state's Black and Latino voters. It has eliminated drive-through voting and restricted mail-in voting, all while strengthening protections for partisan poll watchers. Already, the law has resulted in hundreds of rejections for mail-in ballot requests.
Paxton's admission that Republicans would be "done" in Texas if "anybody" could vote generated a wealth of reactions.
Paxton accidentally told the truth.
Abbott himself has sought to overthrow people's votes by parroting Trump's election fraud fantasies and even filing a Supreme Court complaint on behalf of Texas to toss out the electoral votes of Pennsylvania.