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Democrat who blamed GOP and Trump for ‘Hinduphobic’ messages has been arrested by Texas Rangers for alleged race hoax

The Democratic candidate slammed former President Donald Trump and other Republicans for the “Hinduphobic” messages he had received on social media. Arrested An investigation revealed that he had sent it himself.

Talal Patel is a candidate for Fort Bend County commissioner who has been in the news for his alleged involvement in a racially-charged impersonation prank.

“These hateful images were born out of deep and misguided fear.”

In September 2023, Talal Patel slammed his political opponents for the vile racism levelled at him on social media.

“As a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, I will always be open to criticism about my policies and issue stances, but when supporters of my Republican opponent decide to hurl racist, anti-immigrant, Hinduphobic or other offensive insults at my family, my faith community, my colleagues and me, that crosses a line,” he wrote.

“Fort Bend County’s diversity makes us all stronger. These hateful images are born of deep-rooted, false fears,” he added, “fueled by the fears of people like former President Donald Trump and today’s extremist Republicans that immigrants are trying to ‘take our jobs’ and harm our communities.”

Patel was arrested on Wednesday.

The Democratic Party Reserved Following an investigation by the Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office Integrity Unit and the Texas Rangers, he was charged with a third-degree felony count of online impersonation and a misdemeanor count of identity fraud for allegedly sending racist messages to himself.

Patel won the Democratic primary in March and will challenge Republican incumbent Andy Myers for the 3rd District chairman seat in November.

Investigators said most of the posts suspected to have been written secretly by Patel were posted to Facebook between October 2022 and May 2024.

The Democrat, who was being held on $20,000 bail on the felony charge and $2,500 bail on the misdemeanor charge, previously served in President Joe Biden’s administration.

Patel has not yet responded to a request for comment about her arrest, but legal experts told KPRC-TV that she is still allowed to run for office. If she voluntarily resigns, Democrats would be forced to field an unnamed candidate in the election.

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