In radio interviews after the 2020 presidential election, West suggested Texas could vote to again become a republic, as it was before joining the United States in 1845.
The bill, which has little chance of passing, would allow for a vote on whether the state could form a committee to develop a long-term plan to secede.
“I do support the will of the people to be heard and allow the people to vote on this,” said West in the same December interview. “But I will tell you my official position is that I want Texas to lead, not so much secede.”
He argued Republican states can band together to nullify laws passed by Congress they don’t believe are constitutional.
While West denied that he called for secession — and accused his critics of advocating for secession — he has left the door open to Texas secession beyond supporting a referendum election.
“Truthfully, I would rather Texas lead than secede — if the moment does come when things have gone so bad — but I don’t think we’re going to get to that point,” he told an audience in January.
The Texas Republican Party did not return requests for comment.
West said the US is in an ‘ideological civil war’
“I heard one person say, ‘but man, this can cause us a civil war,'” the host, Andrew Wommack, argued. “And the other person says, ‘well, we’ve already fought one. Was it worth it? Was it worth it to free the slaves? “Is it worth it to save our Constitution?’ You can’t judge what’s right. Based on how other people are going to respond. You just have to do what’s right. And face the consequences.”
“No, you’re, you’re absolutely right,” West responded. “And again, that is the mentality that the left has. The left is banking on the fact that they’re afraid to do it. Because they, they know that we’ll go into the streets and we’ll do all of these different things. But again, we’re already in an ideological civil war, whether you want it or not.”
“When you look at what has happened out in Portland, guess what, they’ve been rioting, they’ve been tearing up neighborhoods,” he added. “If you look at Inauguration Day of 2017, they were in Washington, DC burning up cars and rioting. We should have stopped it then. So either we stop it now, or it’s going to be like a cancer that metastasizes, and eventually it’ll kill the host.”
“I think we’re also going to finally get the evidence,” West said when speaking on Dominion. “And the understanding is that there were states, there were votes that were, tampered with affected, shifted, changed, whatever you want to call it
West said that states don’t need to follow laws they deem unconstitutional
In other interviews, West contended that states could choose not to follow executive orders or even federal laws they deem unconstitutional.
“We want you to establish laws, but even still, if there are laws that you’re looking to implement…which would undermine our Second Amendment……would nationalize elections under the control of the federal government,” he said. “We don’t want those things to happen.”
“I think that we do have that power within our hands, to just nullify a lot of these things,” West added, saying Republican states could form together to nullify laws. “And that sends a powerful message back.”