Texas State Rep. Molly White made national news last week on Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which was sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Among other things, she placed an Israeli flag next to an American flag on her desk and asked that any Muslim who stops by her office pledge loyalty to the United States. In response to her justifiable concerns about Texas Muslim Capitol Day, White was viciously attacked as an Islamophobic bigot and the Speaker of the Texas House stood with her defamers.
Speaker of the Texas State House, Joe Straus responded by throwing White under the bus when he should have stood with her. In response to CAIR’s complaining, Straus said the following in a clear rebuke of White:
“The Texas Capitol belongs to all the people of this state, and legislators have a responsibility to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated — with dignity and respect.. Anything else reflects poorly on the entire body and distracts from the very important work in front of us.”
White was treated very similarly to how U.S. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) treated U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in 2012 when Bachmann wrote a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General, inquiring about the familial connections Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin has to the Muslim Brotherhood.
With the passage of each day, it is Bachmann who is being further vindicated. If White decides to stand tall and not back down, the same will hold true for her. Of course, if White is the Texas version of Bachmann, Straus is the Texas version of Boehner. If so, he’d do well to start crying.