In the latest taxpayer-funded political coup, Abbott trained 9 right-wing governors to interfere in border communities with Texans pennies
AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Governor Greg Abbott made his monthly taxpayer-funded visit to the border to flatter right-wing primary voters with the Texans dime. However, for this month’s edition of Abbott’s favorite political coup, the failed and agitated Texas governor was joined by nine right-wing governors from across the country – most from closer to the northern border than from our southern border. Meanwhile, disgraced Senator Ted Cruz held a separate DC press conference, to remind Texans that while he cannot be relied upon during a catastrophic winter power outage, he can still be relied upon. on him to attack immigrants and stir up hatred.
With Abbott’s approval ratings consistently at their lowest since last month, it’s no wonder the governor resorted to his time-worn strategy of failing the Texans in almost any way he could, then trying. to deflect attention from these failures by stirring up fear and making immigrants scapegoats. . However, today Abbott has crossed new lines of government insensitivity and excess.
Regardless, Abbott and Cruz continued their press conferences despite an active shootout that took place at Timberview High School in Arlington, with Cruz barely honoring the events before turning to spurious attacks on immigrants. And while Abbott continues to show up at the border when politically convenient, it couldn’t be more obvious where his real priorities lie. Abbott has sold off South Texas communities in almost every way imaginable – whether it’s by abandoning border communities during the pandemic, reducing Latino voting rights, or fueling the militarization of communities that makes life harder for them. border residents.
Now Abbott is parachuted into foreign countries to interfere with border communities – even though our national borders lie well beyond the jurisdiction of any governor. Nor is it the first time that Abbott has channeled outside support to interfere with the lives of Texans living on the border. Today, the Texas Tribune reported that of the $ 54 million raised for Abbott’s border wall fund – again, well outside the governor’s jurisdiction – nearly 98 percent of the funding came from a Wyoming’s only billionaire.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“Today Greg Abbott once again showed the Texans how little he cares about us. With students and families reeling from an ongoing active shooting situation, Abbott has had the nerve to turn his attention to his own political gain. He moved forward with his latest scare-mongering and border scapegoat press conference, alongside 9 out-of-state governors who have nothing to do with the lives of Texas border residents.
“Abbott will continue to stoke anti-immigrant hatred, make life more difficult for border residents, and push his political agenda forward with taxpayer dollars until we eliminate it. This is exactly what Texas Democrats fight for every day – because Texas is fed up with Abbott’s failed leadership and refusal to be responsible for the health and safety of all Texans. We need a governor who will put our biggest problems first and put people first, and time and time again Abbott has shown us that he just isn’t ready for the job.
“The American people elected Joe Biden to clean up the gigantic mess of the past four years. Democrats are working to restore our promise to the American people and democratic tradition by protecting human rights and putting workers first. If Greg Abbott wants to criticize the leadership, we can start with the governor’s mansion in Austin.