Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is used to drawing heat from Democrats, but this week he caught ire from his own party for comments he made Thursday that glorified lynching.
“We believe in justice. There’s old sayings in Texas about find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree,” he said before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on violence against Asian-Americans. “You know, we take justice very seriously, and we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys. That’s what we believe.”
Roy later defended his comments, saying “we need more justice and less thought policing.”
The comments drew backlash from Democrats, but on Friday, Texas GOP Chair Allen West also weighed in on the controversy, calling Roy’s comments “inappropriate and unfortunate” in a newly released statement.
West urged Roy to “engage the brain before firing the mouth” to avoid making charged statements but stopped short of asking him to resign.
“While his comments about hanging were dumb, they’re not grounds for resignation,” West said.
In response to West’s comments, Roy said West “might have had the courtesy to reach out to (him) personally,” according to the Texas Tribune. Roy said he was simply quoting a lyric sung by Willie Nelson on Toby Keith’s song, “Beer for my horses.”
Congressman Chip Roy's response to Chairman Allen West: "I am glad Allen West agrees we should not engage in cancel culture - a position he has taken very publicly in the past. He might have had the courtesy to reach out to me personally to find out that I used... 1/ https://t.co/KSW419aB9B— Abby Livingston (@TexasTribAbby) March 19, 2021
On Twitter, West responded: “I humbly ask Congressman Roy to give me the courtesy of reaching out before he talks about ropes and trees.”
I humbly ask Congressman Roy to give me the courtesy of reaching out before he talks about ropes and trees. https://t.co/dBLAZJDjme— Allen West (@AllenWest) March 19, 2021
Roy, who was reelected in the 21st congressional district of Texas in November, represents a large swath of land that includes Alamo Heights, parts of North Side San Antonio, New Braunfels and Hays County.