In 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, as well as 2021, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” published profiles of Matt Schaefer, who has served in the Texas House of Representatives now since 2012, and seems to be brain-damaged in a way that makes him focus on certain issues more than Texas Republicans usually do. On firearms, he co-sponsored HB 910, to authorize the concealed carry of handguns, voted for SB 11, to authorize concealed handguns on college campuses, and co-sponsored HB 928, a bill to cut funding to any state law enforcement agency that attempts to enforce federal firearms laws. Schaefer also has voted to drug test welfare recipients (always a failed conservative policy), voted against equal pay for women, and voted for Texas’ HB 2, one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws ever passed in the United States. That still didn’t sate his appetite for anti-abortion fanaticism, as he proposed an amendment to Texas HB 2510 that would force pregnant women to carry even non-viable fetuses to term after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even if the fetus had a “severe or irreversible abnormality” or it meant the fact that carrying a stillborn child to term could risk them dying of sepsis or other unnecessary suffering. He defended the move by citing scripture, saying that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world.”
Oh, and in August of 2014, Schaefer provided a unique solution to our nation’s immigration dilemma… he called for “covert” and “overt” military operations to be carried out in Mexico against crime cartels. Yes, that’s correct… he called for American forces to invade one of our allies.
In the past session of the Texas state legislature, Schaefer was working to pass transphobic bathroom legislation to keep people at the state capitol from using the bathroom of their biological gender.
And, wouldn’t you know it, Matt Schaefer was elected to a fourth term in 2018 on the benefit of running unopposed by a Democrat, and only having Rabbi Neal Katz run against him as an Independent candidate in the general election. Schaefer completely stepped in s*** after a series of mass shootings in Midland and Odessas, Texas in September of 2019, even before Odessa even had an official body count… Schaefer decided to go online on Facebook to provide his thoughts on gun control, and how the real solution was… PRAYING:
“I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent. I say NO to ‘red flag’ pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks. What can we do? YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent. YES to fathers not leaving their wives and children. YES to discipline in the homes. YES to supporting our public schools.
Schaefer was re-elected again in 2020 with 68% of the vote, and got right back to work making sure that any Governor of Texas, now or in the future, wouldn’t even have the power during a public emergency to make orders to keep the populace safe… like say, a mask mandate during a pandemic. He’s spent more time online ranting about that, and coming out hard against no-brainer ideas like Covid-19 relief, or raising the minimum wage, while barely making any mention of conservative ideology causing the Texas power grid to collapse during a February winter storm and people freezing to death in their homes.
But he’s still “pro-life” at least as it relates to the “lives” of zygotes. In July of 2021, Schaefer responded to an opinion editorial printed in the Houston Chronicle that criticized an anti-abortion law he supported on Twitter by posting, “FACT: Even the Taliban oppose abortion. #txlege”.
So hey, for all the people who criticize Republican Evangelicals and refer to them as “The American Taliban”, good news, even the GOP seem to be embracing their heroes over in Afghanistan in terms of extremism.
Matt Schaefer continues to further the GOP’s descent into becoming a full-on death cult under the guise of “freedom”, and is likely to get another chance, given how he handily won the GOP primary to get his seat back in 2022. Great…
One Year Ago, March 23rd, 2021: Matt Schaefer (TX)… 2021 Update
Two Years Ago, March 23rd, 2020: Matt Schaefer (TX)… 2020 Update
Three Years Ago, March 23rd, 2019: Matt Schaefer (TX)… 2019 Update
Four Years Ago, March 23rd, 2018: Matt Schaefer (TX)… 2018 Update
Five Years Ago, March 23rd, 2017: Matt Schaefer (TX)… 2017 Update
Six Years Ago. March 23rd, 2016: Matt Schaefer (TX)… Original Profile
Seven Years Ago: March 23rd, 2015: Marg Baker (FL)
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