Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) slammed President Joe Biden over his criticism of the state election bill that Democrats claim will restrict people’s rights to vote.
What Biden said: The president accused the proponents of the legislation of engaging in a “21st century Jim Crow assault.”
“It’s unrelenting. It’s unrelenting. And we are going to challenge it vigorously,” Biden said. “Are you on the side of truth or lies?… Stand up, for God’s sake, and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election.”
Abbott’s response: The Texas governor published a video of himself on Twitter pushing back against the president’s remarks about the Texas voting bill.
He initially pointed to Biden’s pushback to Texas’ decision to reopen and drop strict pandemic-related measures. The president described the move as “Neanderthal thinking.”
“Well, now President Biden is calling Texas names again,” Abbot notes.
“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. That’s more than many states, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which has zero hours of early voting,” Abbott says in the video.
The governor added that the legislation is meant to help prevent mail-in ballot fraud in the state and “uphold the integrity of our elections and ensure that Texas who do qualify to vote by mail will have the ability to do so.”
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden supports the Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington to block Republicans from passing the legislation. She said that the president “applauds their courage” and reiterated that he wants Congress to approve the For People Act.
Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly met with the lawmakers in D.C. this week and praised them for their “great sacrifice, both personal and political.”
“Defending the right to vote is as American as apple pie,” she said. “You are doing this in support and defense of some of our nation’s highest ideals.”
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