Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is coming under fire for his response to the deaths of what authorities now say are the deaths of 50 people found in San Antonio locked in a tractor-trailer that crossed the border into the United States. 16 people, including young children, were found alive and hospitalized.
It is being called “the deadliest migrant-smuggling operation in memory.”
“These deaths are on Biden,” the two-term governor running for re-election tweeted Monday night. “They are a result of his deadly open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”
Many on social media noted that if the border were “open,” migrants desperate to come into the U.S. wouldn’t have had to risk their lives in the back of an 18-wheeler in 101-degree Texas heat to do so. Some noted San Antonio is hours – about 150 miles – from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Others blasted Abbott for politicizing their deaths, treating them as a political “opportunity” instead of as human beings who died trying to find a better life. Some also noted Abbott has spent billions to deploy the Texas National Guard to the southern border, in what has been called a “campaign prop,” with little to show for it. (The Houston Chronicle in April put the cost to Texas taxpayers at $4 billion.)
By comparison, San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg called the deaths “a horrific human tragedy,” The New York Times reported. “The plight of migrants seeking refuge is always a humanitarian crisis.”
Abbott’s response elicited anger from many.
“So it’s not OK to politicize school shootings but it is OK to politicize migrant deaths? I see,” tweeted the LA Times’ Elvia Limón.
Republican turned Democrat Matthew Dowd:
what is wrong with you???? you are the governor of our state and you take zero responsibility for your inhumane policies at all levels.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) June 28, 2022
The communications director for the Libertarian Party did not hold back.
“I’m normally measured. Respectful. Not tonight,” tweeted Bekah Congdon. “Fuck you, Greg Abbott, you fucking monster. Why the fuck would people have to be smuggled into this country if we had anything resembling open borders? Are you as dumb as you are evil? Human lives. Political pawns to you.”
Others also expressed outrage:
FFS you’re right on brand Greg. If it’s open you don’t need to cram yourselves into a container to be smuggled across the border. #BetoForTexas
— From the other side of the mirror 🏴🇺🇸 (@jt1anglais) June 28, 2022
One of those times when the point is so obviously nonsensical and being used in such a grotesquely partisan, transparently opportunistic way that I don’t even have the energy to say anything to him.
— 🦎SwampLizard🦎 (@DiscoTempoJazz) June 28, 2022
If it was an “open border” they wouldn’t be sneaking in by truck.
Your thinking of Texas gun laws.
— Will Pundit (@WillPundit4Food) June 28, 2022
That doesn’t even make sense. If crossing the border undocumented seas easy, this wouldn’t have happened. That’s the whole point.
Also where’s your fucking humanity? You don’t see the loss of human life as anything but political points to be scored. Ghoulish and sickening.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 28, 2022
Tell me again how this isn’t politizing death?
— WhatIfBarackOrHillarySaidIt (@IfBarack) June 28, 2022
Governor Abbott, you have spent over $1B of our taxpayer money to have the National Guard at the border for over a year. This truck came in through a major port of entry on YOUR watch. https://t.co/TmRSOhEAPX
— LunA 🇺🇦 (@thelunaticcz) June 28, 2022
I’m old enough to remember when Gov Abbott was disgusted that anyone would politicize the deaths of kids gunned down at a school. https://t.co/76L74FcaVT
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) June 28, 2022
A cruel, repulsive statement from the governor of Texas. Not an ounce of humanity or empathy shown here. https://t.co/rbJUvtVF5o
— Keya Vakil (@keyavakil) June 28, 2022
These people simply are not going to help you build a culture that respects the value of human life. https://t.co/Z9lQDJWEYo
— Just look at that parking lot (@borrowedbones) June 28, 2022
Nope, this is on you & former President Trump, Biden administration fought to have Title 42 (remain in Mexico during asylum claims) lifted then lost in court. you fought to make it harder to get in, therefore more covert smuggling necessary.
— Cyndl (@cmtwx) June 28, 2022
This is a horrific take. If there were “open borders” then they wouldn’t have paid smugglers to shove them into a packed truck. Maybe it is the smugglers fault? The ones who abandoned the rig? I think all well-meaning people might actually be able to agree on this fact. https://t.co/R95DLQuEVf
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) June 28, 2022
Or, here me out you dimwitted excuse of a person, this is the result of having such a convoluted, difficult and unfair immigration system that human beings resort to risking, and losing, their lives packed like animals in their way to the slaughter house. https://t.co/GPxPDYxpwA
— Carlos Marcano, Dick Allen Stan (@camarcano) June 28, 2022
Yesterday I fell to my knees here in beautiful San Antonio…
It is all too much now with GREG ABBOTT…
This state is on a precipice…
The #UvaldeMassacre, now 46 migrants dying a savage death in the Texas heat…
***TEXAS is an INHUMANE HELLSCAPE for LATINOS.
ABBOTT has to go. pic.twitter.com/4WIKk3yUOl
— Kathleen Vale (@SanAntoGuera) June 28, 2022
This is the most heartless, crass, inhumane, deplorable response I’ve ever seen to a tragedy of this magnitude.
For Greg Abbott, these lives mean only an opportunity to score political points by criticizing Biden. 46 lives lost — and he sees that loss as an opportunity. pic.twitter.com/h3j8N7spdG
— My dog thinks SCOTUS has lost any legitimacy. (@Mamaofthreebear) June 28, 2022
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New Analysis Breaks Down GOP’s Flawed Response to the Mar-a-Lago Search
Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”
“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”
Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to “defund the FBI” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”
Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook
Watch: Boebert’s Mic Cut After Going Over Time and Refusing to End Lie-Filled Rant
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) refused to end her remarks attacking popular Democratic legislation known as the Inflation Reduction Act, and after being repeatedly warned – four times – she was over time as she ranted and delivered falsehoods on the House floor her microphone was finally cut.
Congresswoman Boebert, part of the far-right fringe that has taken over the Republican Party, yelled and wagged her finger as she spread misinformation.
In an ironic twist the pro-gun activist and former owner of Shooters Grill angrily – and falsely – claimed the bill mandates the hiring of 87,000 armed IRS agents.
“What are we doing here? What are we passing this so-called Inflation Reduction Act if inflation is at zero percent?” she asked.
Inflation in fact for the month of July was flat, coming in at zero percent, which brought the annual inflation rate down from 9.1% to 8.5%.
“Well in fact it’s the inflation enhancement act,” Boebert, a spreader of conspiracy theories falsely argued, calling it “just another con game by the Democrats,” which also is false.
She then went on to claim the IRS would have more “armed agents” than the Defense Dept.
After being warned four times she had gone over time her mic was cut, but she was subsequently granted additional time.
The Colorado Congresswoman, a pro-gun extremist, went on to lie that the Inflation Reduction Act “hires 87,000 IRS agents and they are armed and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” she shouted, calling it “armed robbery.”
The bill will enable the IRS to hire new employees, but nowhere near 87,000. Only a tiny fraction, about 300, would be armed, and not for nefarious purposes like “armed robbery.”
“Though the job is really about sniffing out income and accounting irregularities to build legal cases,” CBS News reports, “one of the potential duties is ‘conduct[ing] or participat[ing] in surveillance, armed escorts, dignitary protection, undercover operations, execution of search and arrest warrants, seizures, etc.,’ the job listing states.”
Boebert began by calling “supporters of this legislation insane,” falsely implied the Inflation Reduction Act increases taxes on ordinary middle-class Americans, while mocking “Green New Deal initiatives.”
Seconds after her “armed robbery” remarks Boebert again ran into overtime. Her mic was cut after the second warning.
Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who spoke immediately after her, blasted the Colorado Congresswoman.
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Right-Wing Dark-Money Group Gives Trump Timely Political Cover With $1 Million Attack on Merrick Garland
Just days after FBI agents carried out a search warrant for secret documents wrongly being held at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, a right-wing dark-money group that helped secure a far-right majority on the Supreme Court launched a $1 million digital and cable ad campaign attacking Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Judicial Crisis Network has been at the core of the massive and secretly funded dark-money campaign by right-wing funders and groups like the Federalist Society to secure ideological domination of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary. The group backed former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abuse of power to prevent the Senate from considering former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland to the Supreme Court, and then spent tens of millionspromoting confirmation of Trump’s nominees. More recently, JCN led attacks on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and dishonest smears against several of President Joe Biden’s Justice Department nominees.
The new JCN ad seeks to undermine Garland’s credibility, accusing him of “cowering to the woke mob.” A press release announcing the ad buy claimed that Garland has “consistently bowed to the radical left’s agenda.” In a statement, the group’s president Carrie Severino repeated a false right-wing talking point accusing Garland of “calling concerned parents ‘domestic terrorists.’”
The ad also claims that Garland has betrayed his former judicial colleague Brett Kavanaugh by not stopping activists from protesting outside the Supreme Court justice’s home. As CNN noted, the rarely enforced law that JCN and right-wing politicians are demanding Garland use against protesters could also be interpreted to forbid the kind of protests at the Supreme Court that anti-abortion groups mobilized for years. The JCN ad notably does not mention that Garland supportedrecent legislation to beef up security for Supreme Court justices and their families.
Right-wing media outlets have given JCN’s campaign a boost, with Fox News reporting JCN’s assertion that the Garland ad is part of a broader $10 million campaign attacking Democrats over the court that will include “paid advertising, earned media, research, grassroots activity, and a coalition enterprise.”
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