Texas Lt. Gov. tells Antifa they are not welcome in state after shooting in El Paso
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick explicitly warned the left-wing group Antifa against coming to the state following Saturday's mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.A 21-year-old man was arrested in the shooting. His political affiliation and motives have not been disclosed at this time. El Paso is a scenic city bordering Mexico and New Mexico with mountains in the background. Politically it is dominated by Democrats. It has a Hispanic majority. Juarez across the border from El Paso has been the scene of significant violence as cartels fight over access to the I-10 corridor for drug distribution which runs through El Paso. You can actually see into Mexico while driving on I-10.
The shooting came 29 days before a scheduled visit from Antifa, which planned to conduct a "Border Resistance" militancy training tour.
"Stay out of El Paso," Patrick told Antifa during an appearance Fox News. He noted that while the group wasn't usually welcome in Texas, they especially weren't welcome after the shooting.
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"Stay out of Texas, basically," Patrick said. "We don't need them coming in on Sept. 1. We didn't need them coming in before this happened."
A flyer for the event posted on Twitter by conservative journalist Andy Ngo showed people shooting arrows at a tower near what appeared to be a border fence. The group issued a "Call to Action" for 10 days in El Paso. Antifa is known for violent protests and attacks on police and journalists, including Ngo.