Austin, TX — The Trump Administration is monitoring our Texas Democratic elected officials and launching a propaganda campaign, all on the taxpayer dime.
“[A] heavily redacted cache of emails revealed last week by The Intercept, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Austin sought – largely unsuccessfully – to drum up a narrative to bolster the Trump administration’s claims that retaliatory immigration raids carried out in February were actually meant to protect the public….The emails also reveal ICE agents monitoring elected officials’ social media, including Congressman Joaquin Castro and City Council member Greg Casar, and scheming about how to respond…” [Austin Chronicle, October 12, 2017]
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Last time we checked, this isn’t Nazi Germany or Russia. KGB tactics have no place in our democracy.
“Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is using taxpayer dollars to monitor the speech of our duly elected officials. This big-brother level of federal overreach is tyrannical, dangerous, and goes against the very principles our country was founded on.”