The Texas State Capitol's press conference on May 5 was oddly interrupted by GOP chair Allen West who went straight to the ground and did 30 pushups mid-conference.
The press, who were there to address an anti-trans bill, looked on stunned while a couple of GOP party members cheered for West.
The pushups were originally assigned to a reporter, by West, for arriving late but they "respectfully declined."
Texas GOP chair @AllenWest challenged a reporter who was late to his press conference to do 30 pushups. The reporte… https://t.co/3tWXkgN0os— Jane C. Timm (@Jane C. Timm) 1620250071.0
People were left searching for the point of West's display.
@janestreet @AllenWest serious question. Is there still a republican party?— RusT (@RusT) 1620267353.0
@janestreet @AllenWest Why? Why did he do this? What's the point? Why challenge the reporter to do pushups? Why do… https://t.co/aWLqORhGEj— FrenchJessica (@FrenchJessica) 1620253219.0
The anti-trans bill in question would label parents who consent to gender-affirming treatment for their trans children as "child abusers."
@janestreet @AllenWest Demonstrating what exactly? Push ups translate to capacity for reason and governance . . . right— Tracey Meares (@Tracey Meares) 1620250562.0
@janestreet @NickAPappas @AllenWest There was a high school teacher that would ask his students to do pushups if th… https://t.co/axVTuMhbxi— MaxItUpWithMarta Marta Zayas (@MaxItUpWithMarta Marta Zayas) 1620342124.0
@janestreet @AllenWest The GOP isn’t a serious political party.— Badlydone Emma (@Badlydone Emma) 1620273026.0
@janestreet @AllenWest Just goes to show that you can be physically fit and bat guano nuts at the same time.— Carl J. Feher (@Carl J. Feher) 1620255036.0
Later, ironically, GOP chair Allen West clarified any lawsuits against the new anti-trans legislation were "frivolous" and would be struck down in court.
But frivolous push-ups?
Always time for those.
@janestreet @AllenWest Republicans have now de-evolved to showing their physical prowess in front of crowds with di… https://t.co/ZpVlr86xYm— Resistance Rages On (@Resistance Rages On) 1620268599.0
Can we go ONE day without Texas being a complete joke? #txlege https://t.co/utJ1XCRRbd— Gordy Carmona (they/them) (@Gordy Carmona (they/them)) 1620519392.0
Every new day in America is the most embarrassing ever; rivaled only by every other day in America https://t.co/pzLMKMi21X— Dusty 🎥🎨🔴📼 (@Dusty 🎥🎨🔴📼) 1620501161.0
These are terrible pushups — elbows flared, going halfway down at best https://t.co/iP1Putq0og— Russell Brandom (@Russell Brandom) 1620407428.0
What it’s like to grow up in the US: https://t.co/ppNQ85iKYA— eliza (@eliza) 1620396422.0
Allen West's push-up display comes at great cost to human rights, with the bills that his party is pushing.
The GOP's push to codify their bigotry and restrict voting access—instead of focusing on the country's needs—seems to be their only answer to the Biden administration's high approval numbers.