Putin plots for Texas to scecede

N athan Smith, who styles himself
the “foreign minister” for the
Texas Nationalist Movement,
appeared last Spring at a far-
right confab in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Despite roaming around in his
cowboy hat, Smith managed to keep a
low-key presence at the conference,
which was dominated by fascists and
neo-Nazis railing against Western
decadence. But at least one Russian
newspaper, Vzglyad , caught up with the
American, noted that TNM is “hardly a
marginal group,”and quoted Smith
liberally on the excellent prospects for a
partial breakup of the United States.
Smith declared that the Texas National
Movement has 250,000 supporters—
including all the Texans currently
serving in the U.S. Army—and they all
“identify themselves first and foremost
as Texans” but are being forced to
remain Americans. The United States,
he added, “is not a democracy, but a
dictatorship.” The Kremlin’s famed
troll farms took the interview and ran
with it, with dozens of bots instantly
tweeting about a “Free Texas.”

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