As the Texas Muslim community gathered in Austin on Thursday to meet with state lawmakers, their event was interrupted by hostile protesters.
The Texas Tribune reported that numerous people greeted Texas Muslim Capitol Day participants at the steps of the Capitol holding signs with phrases like “Radical Islam is the New Nazi.”
And later on Thursday, a protester ran up to the podium during a press conference for the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and grabbed the microphone.
“Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God, it will not dominate Texas,” she yelled.
Watch a video of the protester via the Texas Tribune:
Muslim Capitol Day participants were also met with hostility by state Rep. Molly White (R). She wrote on Facebook Thursday that she told her staff to “ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws.”
White issued a statement later in the day and said she would “welcome all of my constituents who would like to come and visit our office in the Texas State Capitol.”