Gov. Greg Abbott, the Republican of Texas, took to Twitter Tuesday night to blame President Biden for deliberately spreading “disinformation” about the state’s GOP election overhaul bill.
Biden, who was in Old City, Philadelphia, berated the bill unequivocally on Tuesday. He said supporters of electoral security measures were engaged in an “assault on Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
Biden’s remarks came a day after Texas Democrats decamped to Washington in an effort to deny their GOP-controlled legislature the quorum necessary to pass a bill imposing new restrictions on voting in the state. .
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Abbott, who told Fox News Democrats who fled the state risk arrest when they return, insisted the Texas bill “makes voting EASIER and harder to cheat.” .
There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between Abbott and the President. Abbott begins the video by recalling when Biden linked him to “Neanderthal thinking” for ending mask mandates in the state. He said the president was wrong then and he is still wrong.
“Once again, President Biden ignores the facts,” Abbott said. The point is, Texas is passing a law that extends – not curtailed – early voting hours. That’s more than many states, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which didn’t. has no early voting time. “
He said the law would help prevent mail-in ballot fraud in the state and “will maintain the integrity of our elections and ensure that Texas that qualifies to vote by mail will have the ability to do so.” make “.
The Texas State Senate approved the electoral reform bill on Tuesday, but legislation is stalled due to the lack of a quorum in the House.
Rep. Chris Turner, the leader of the House Democrats in the Texas Legislature, said their efforts would ultimately be in vain unless Congressional Democrats take bolder steps to overcome a Republican blockade of the Senate of the vast federal ballot bill.
“We can’t hold back this tide forever. We are buying time. We need Congress and all of our federal leaders to use this time wisely,” Turner said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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