World Gov. Abbott rips Biden's 'reprehensible' attacks on Texas voting bill: He's 'willing to lie' to 'get his way'
Texas Democrat’s photo of drying clothes leads to new accusations of phony ‘sacrifice’
A Texas Democrat who was among more than 50 state lawmakers to fly from Austin to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to block a GOP voting bill by denying quorum was called out by critics on social media Thursday night over a post about her hand-washed clothes. Critics suggested the post was another self-serving attempt by a Democrat to portray their absence from Texas – after taking a chartered flight to the nation's capital – as a personal sacrifice instead of a political strategy move. "You bet we’re recognizing & honoring our country’s heritage," state Rep. Donna Howard posted.
Texas Gov.on Sunday slammed "completely reprehensible" attacks on the Republicans’ election integrity bill in his state, saying the president is "willing to lie" to the American people in order to further his political agenda.
During an appearance on Fox News’the Republican governor told host Maria Bartiromo that Democrats are "flat-out lying" about what the GOP is doing in Texas, with the media echoing their claims.
"In, we truly have made it easier to vote and harder to cheat," Abbott said. "The one thing that you pointed out that we are cracking down on is mail-in ballots," he continued, stating that a judge who was appointed by former President Barack Obama acknowledged that there voter fraud is a problem when it comes to mail-in ballots.
Texas Dem Lawmaker Downplays Arrest Threat, Stays Outside State to Fight Voting Bill
At least 50 Texas Democrats departed the state for Washington, D.C., in protest of restrictive new voting laws proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and their other GOP counterparts. By leaving Texas, they prevented the two-thirds quorum required for Republicans to be able to introduce their legislation.Since arriving in D.C., many of these lawmakers have been engaging in activist efforts in support of voting rights. This has included meetings at the White House, as well as meetings with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
"We all have to agree that if there’s cheating in the election process, we need to stop that cheating, and the best way to stop that cheating is to tighten up restrictions concerning mail-in ballots," he added.
Video: Rep. Gooden on Texas voting bill: 'It's not extreme at all' (FOX News)
The comments come after more than 50 State House Democrats fled Texas for Washington, D.C., earlier this month in an effort to block Republicans from having the quorum needed to vote on an election reform bill during the special legislative session. The bill would ban drive-through voting, increase early voting hours, and add new identification requirements for people voting by mail.
Texas GOP Chair rips fleeing Democrats for 'performance theater', says they created 'super spreader event'
Republicans in Travis County, Texas are blasting the dozens of Democrats who fled their state earlier this week and flew to Washington, D.C. to avoid voting on an election integrity bill. "Texas House Democrats engaged in performance theater for weeks claiming Gov. Abbott was putting lives at risk by reopening the state economy and waiving the statewide mask mandate," Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak told Fox News. "Then they flew to DC on a private jet stocked with Miller Lite without masks, in violation of FAA rules, and now this farce turned into a super spreader event.
Abbott said Sunday that the Democrats’ stunt accomplished "nothing," and he repeated his threat to arrest returning members and compel them to remain in the state House chamber until they "get the job done."
He also ripped Biden for "diminishing" the experience of Black Americans after the president referred to the Texas bill and others like it as a "21st-century Jim Crow assault" on voting rights.
"So this is the same president who called me a Neanderthal, now he’s invoking Jim Crow, too," Abbott said. "And I’ve got to tell you what. That’s diminishing to the people in the United States of America who did have to suffer through Jim Crow. Anybody who says this is a Jim Crow law, they don’t either know Jim Crow laws 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’s easier today than it’s ever been for people of color, for all Texans, to be able to cast a vote," the governor continued. "So these aspersions that are being cast by the president of the United States are completely reprehensible, and it shows the American people that the president of the United States is willing to lie about what’s going on to try get his way. And that’s one reason why you’re seeing President Biden’s polling numbers continue to plummet."
DOJ sues Texas over Abbott order on COVID-carrying migrants .
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday filed a lawsuit against Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, over an order the Republican governor signed barring ground transportation of migrants who could be carrying COVID-19. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District in El Paso, the Justice Department said Abbott’s order interferes with the federal government’s ability to deal with immigration. It followed Attorney General Merrick Garland's threat of legal action Thursday after the governor's order.