June 05

Texas Governor Responds To Clinton’s Visit

Today on twitter, Governor of Texas Gregg Abbott wrote, “RT if you agree we don’t need Hillary Clinton coming to Texas trashing out state. #tcot @TexasGOP.” The hashtag, top conservative on twitter, speaks for itself.

While this may be surprising for a governor to get so personal with a Democrat presidential candidate, it is no secret that Texas is a thoroughly red state. Democrats disagree with this notion, however, and three years ago launched a campaign to turn Texas blue with its high hispanic population. They tried to do this by strongly backing State Senator Wendy Davis, who gained national popularity after her filibuster against abortion (including a spread in Vogue). She lost big time, and Republicans in Texas were reassured they would not be turning blue.
Well, today Hillary Clinton went to Texas and spoke at Texas Southern University, where she called out candidates by name specifically in reference for voter registration. She said the United States should sign up every American automatically to vote at 18, and then they have the chance to opt out. The politician continued that certain GOP (Perry, Bush, Walker, and Christie,) are afraid of Americans and how they will choose to vote, kind of assuming that these people will vote Democrat. Clinton continued “What is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.” Voter fraud, however, has been a major issue in many elections. Democrats and Republicans have both been under attack for this, and Clinton seems to be using this as a rallying cry to gain support from the African American and Hispanic communities.
Clinton did not just attack GOP lawmakers, but also the Supreme Court, specifically the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Her speech in Texas pointed a lot of fingers, and she can expect to have them pointed right back at her.
For these comments, Governor Abbott hit back just as hard asking Texans to join him in wanting Clinton to get out of Texas. So early in the campaign, things look like there about to get pretty heated.