Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday criticized President Biden’s “utterly reprehensible” attacks on the Republicans’ electoral integrity bill in his state, saying the president was “willing to lie” to the American people in order to advance its political program.
During an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, the Republican governor told host Maria Bartiromo that Democrats are “flatly lying” about what the GOP is doing in Texas, with media echoing their claims.
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“In Texas, we really made the vote easier and the cheat harder,” Abbott said. “The only thing you reported that we are cracking down on is mail-in ballots,” he continued, saying a judge appointed by former President Barack Obama admitted that voter fraud is a problem when it comes to postal mail. in the ballots.
“We must all agree that if there is cheating in the electoral process, we must stop this cheating, and the best way to stop this cheating is to tighten the restrictions on mail-in ballots,” he said. added.
The comments come after more than 50 State House Democrats fled Texas for Washington, DC earlier this month in an effort to prevent Republicans from having the quorum necessary to vote on a government bill. electoral reform during the special legislative session. The bill would ban drive-by voting, increase early voting hours and add new identification requirements for people voting by mail.
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Abbott said on Sunday that the Democrats’ coup had accomplished “nothing,” and repeated his threat to arrest returning members and force them to stay in the state chamber until they “do the job”.
He also tore Biden apart for “diminishing” the experience of black Americans after the president called the Texas bill and others like it a “21st century Jim Crow assault” on voting rights.
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“So this is the same president who called me a Neanderthal, now he also invokes Jim Crow,” Abbott said. “And I have to tell you what. It goes down for the people in the United States of America who must have suffered through Jim Crow. Anyone who says it’s a Jim Crow law, they don’t know the Jim Crow laws either. or they don’t know what’s going on in the state of Texas Because there is no segregation, there is no attempt to make it harder for people of color.
“It is easier today than it has ever been for people of color, for all Texans, to be able to vote,” the governor continued. “So these slanders by the President of the United States are utterly reprehensible, and it shows the American people that the President of the United States is prepared to lie about what is going on to try and get what he wants. wants. And that’s one of the reasons … why you see President Biden’s poll numbers continue to drop. “
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