The Texas Tribune reports:
In the days after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott’s chief of staff to pass along a message.
“I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze told Abbott’s chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. “I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill ‘em. Thank you.”
The voicemail brings into sharp relief the incendiary views of Hotze, a staunch critic of Abbott’s response to the coronavirus pandemic who has repeatedly challenged the governor’s emergency orders in court. The latest lawsuit came Friday, taking aim at Abbott’s statewide mask mandate announced a day earlier.
Read the full article.
You may recall that Steven Hotze has compared gays to “communist termites” eating away at America’s moral fabric. He is also fond of declaring that it’s now a hate crime to denounce homosexuality. It was Hotze who bankrolled the successful campaign to repeal Houston’s “wicked, evil, Satanic” LGBT rights ordinance, during which he compared gays to rapists and murderers. According to Hotze, same-sex marriage will result in children “practicing sodomy” in kindergarten. He last appeared here when he “prophesied” that God will deliver “just retribution” to lawmakers who vote for LGBT rights. When he’s not calling on God to kill politicians or the governor to kill protesters, Hotze sells “miracle” supplements because high cholesterol doesn’t really cause heart disease.
Independence Day Sale Starts TODAY! Get 15% off sitewide using code “FREEDOM”
Start shopping – https://t.co/uXDPrPOpxk
— Steven F. Hotze, MD (@HotzeHealth) July 3, 2020
New: Steve Hotze, a conservative Houston powerbroker, left a voicemail for Gov. Greg Abbott’s chief of staff last month asking that the National Guard “shoot to kill” if police brutality protesters started “rioting.” https://t.co/f7VOP5nDAu
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) July 4, 2020