Texas Republican Attacks Primary Challenger, Calls Fellow Conservatives ‘Neo-Nazis’

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) recently issued an attack on his primary challenger and some of his fellow conservatives, accusing them of neo-Nazism.

During an interview with CNN, Gonzales spoke to host Dana Bash and furiously attacked his opponent, Brandon Herrera, who is a fierce defender of the Second Amendment and a prominent YouTuber known by the online alias “The AK Guy.”

American Greatness reported that Herrea and three other Republicans matched against Gonzales in the Super Tuesday primary on March 5, 2024. Gonzales received first place, garnering 45% of the vote, while Herrera came in second with 25%, forcing the race into a runoff election scheduled for May 28, 2024.

Gonzales criticized Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for being the first congressional lawmaker to endorse Herrera’s primary challenge. The Texas congressman accused Gaetz of pedophilia and claimed without evidence that he paid minors to be intimate with them at parties.

The Texas lawmaker also attacked Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, for also endorsing Herrera’s bid. Gonzales called Herrera a “neo-Nazi” without any evidence while comparing Herrera and Good to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

“Bob Good endorsed my opponent, a known neo-Nazi,” Gonzales said. “These people used to walk around with white hoods at night. Now they’re walking around with white hoods in the daytime.”

In response, Bash refuted Gonzales’ claim about Gaetz, noting that “the federal government did look into Matt Gaetz and those allegations, and they decided not to prosecute.”

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Herrea responded to Gonzales’ comments, condemning him as “my failure of a Congressman.”

“He has to cry to his liberal friends about me because Republicans won’t listen anymore,” Herrera wrote.

Responding to the incident, Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ) announced his endorsement of Herrera on X. The Arizona Republican denied Gonzales’ remarks as “so pathetic, especially from a fellow veteran,” adding, “Hey Brandon, add me to your list of endorsements. We will never save the country with guys like Tony.”

Gonzales is currently facing backlash from conservatives over his moderate — some might say “RINO” — policy stances, such as his support for increased migration and opposition to securing the U.S.-Mexico border.