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Conservatives To Hold Rally Against “Socialism” In Sugar Land

Headliners at the event include Republican Congressman Pete Olson and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Conservative activists are holding a “Stop Socialism” rally in Sugar Land this coming Monday. The event will feature some of the biggest names in Fort Bend County Republican politics, with confirmed speakers including Congressman Pete Olson and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

“I decided at a certain point, I just couldn’t take it anymore,” said event organizer Karen MacWilliam. “We just need to secure our border. We need to support [President] Trump. What he’s gone through in the last couple of years…”

The focus of the rally is on national issues, including immigration and health care. But Shapnik Khan, a Fort Bend Democratic activist, sees the event as having local implications. He points to the online trolling of county Democratic officials as alleged socialists.

“Our newly elected county judge, KP George, was under a smear attack,” Khan said. “Same with our Fort Bend County DA [Brian Middleton] was under attack as well, because of their color, because of their stand with the progressive mindset.” County Judge George is Indian-American, while District Attorney Middleton is African-American.

The rally will take place Monday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Sugar Land Town Square.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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