What did you expect from a city that voted overwhelmingly for Donald trump?
Friendswood has a great 4th of July parade every year and each year they pick a Grand Marshal. This year that honor went to Haley Carter a decorated Marine Veteran, a Navy Academy graduate, former goalie for the Houston Dash, Lifetime Girl Scout, and according to the City of Friendswood:
Her personal military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award).
And yet just days after receiving this honor she has voluntarily stepped down due to threats to her family and herself. Yep. This is Friendswood. Turns out Haley is also the Chair of the City of Houston Commission Against Gun Violence.
The City will not replace Haley and they shouldn’t. The trash of Friendswood doesn’t deserve Haley or a parade celebrating our freedom after this display of stupidity. This year’s event theme is “Freedom for One & All”. Maybe the City should cancel the parade until the citizens learn what Freedom for One and All really means.
According to the Houston Press this all started with someone named Jesse Kelly:
It all started with Jesse Kelly, a former Marine, failed Arizona congressional candidate, and radio host on 950 KPRC. He is also, in no particular order, a school shooting skeptic, an anti-vaxxer, thinks trans people are “filth,” and has gleefully (if tacitly) encouraged violence against the left many, many times. He has built a career on being as reactionary right wing as possible.
These threats will continue until someone gets their ass sued. Maybe Haley will do it.
The event organizers may not have been aware of this woman's anti-gun activism when they asked her to participate. While it's a bit embarrassing to rescind an offer already tendered due to backlash from the citizenry, it's not unheard of. And at the moment, Friendswood is still controlled and run by conservatives who see anti-gun positions as anathema with a celebration of America's independence from England, brought about, in large part, because of….civilian owned firearms.Compare this with the official federal government's celebration of July 4th. They are featuring a blm singer, and they can do this, because the federal government is fully controlled by people who support the blm. https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/30/u-s-army-pbs-pick-blm-singer-who-belittled-the-land-of-the-free-to-headline-july-4-concert/In both cases, Friendswood and D.C., those in power are making decisions about who does and does not represent them.