Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on President Biden to stop denouncing and spreading lies about the Lone Star State’s sweeping election reform bill.
In a video posted Tuesday evening to Twitter, the governor began by remarking on the commander-in-chief previously accusing him of “Neanderthal thinking” for reopening his state earlier this year.
“It turned out he was wrong,” Abbott said.
“Well, now President Biden is calling Texas names again,” he continued. “This time, he’s chastising us for making it easy to vote but hard to cheat. And once again, President Biden ignores the facts.”
“The fact is that Texas is passing a law that expands, not reduces, the hours of early voting,” the governor added. “That’s more than many states, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which has zero hours of early voting.”
He also noted that the law will help prevent mail-in ballot fraud and “uphold the integrity of our elections and ensure that Texans who do qualify to vote by mail will have the ability to do so.”
Stop Lying About Texas Election Reform Bill
Biden has a pattern of spreading misinformation & he's at it again today.
The #txlege is passing a law that EXPANDS early voting hours & prevents mail-in ballot fraud.
Texas is making it EASIER to vote & harder to cheat. pic.twitter.com/DGTob0obYc
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 13, 2021
Texas DemocRATS Scurry Away Too Washington
The Texas state Senate approved the sweeping bill Tuesday night, one day after dozens of House Democrats scurried away from Texas like rats abandoning a sinking ship to prevent the chamber from taking up the legislation.
The state Senate approved the bill on an 18-4 party-line vote. Nine Senate Democrats had joined 51 of their House colleagues in hightailing it to Washington, DC, though this was not enough to deny the upper chamber a quorum.
However, the legislation is now stalled due to the absence of a quorum in the House.
ON PLANE TO DC: Texas Democratic lawmakers are leaving state to break quorum to stop Republican voting bill. Veteran Capitol observers say this is unchartered territory. Photo from Democrat on the plane. https://t.co/YOuOMb0A2m pic.twitter.com/abWoARvFIC
— ScottGordonNBC5 (@ScottGordonNBC5) July 12, 2021
Democrats Can’t Explain How Blacks, Or Anyone Else, Will Be Prevented From Voting
Republicans say the measures in the bill — which include ending drive-thru and 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes, and empowering partisan poll watchers — are designed to ensure the integrity of the vote by preventing voter fraud.
Amazingly, Democrats called many of the rules the Texas bill does away with “temporary measures that were needed because of the COVID pandemic.” But now that the pandemic is over, which negates the need for these measures, the Democrats immediately played the race card.
Just as they had done in Georgia, Democrats accused the Texas legislation of an attempt by Republican racists to stop minorities from voting.
In his unhinged speech on Tuesday, Biden condemned the Texas voter reform bill as racist but didn’t actual say what it does to prevent Blacks from voting.
Biden could only accuse it of being an ‘inconvenience’:
“In Texas, for example, the Republican legislature wants to allow partisan poll watchers to intimidate voters and impartial poll workers. They want voters to dive further, and be able to be in a position where they wonder who’s watching them.
To wait longer to vote … [T]hey want to make it so hard and inconvenient that they hope people don’t vote at all.”
And as usual, the Democrats refuse to answer why it’s wrong for people to have to show a picture ID to vote, but these same Americans must show a picture ID to buy liquor, and cigarettes, or when trying to cash a check.