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Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said last week that Texas governor Greg Abbott hates trees because one fell on him & # 39;

& # 39; He hates trees because one fell on him & # 39 ;: Texas judge apologizes for & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; joke about the accident of governor Greg Abbott that paralyzed him 35 years ago

  • Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said last week that Texas governor Greg Abbott hates trees because one fell on him & # 39;
  • She referred to an accident in which the governor became paralyzed 35 years ago
  • Abbott, 61, had been paralyzed from the waist down since when an oak fell on him while he was jogging in Houston
  • Eckhardt, a democratic judge, commented during the Texas Tribune Festival on & # 39; Public Enragement & # 39;
  • On Friday, Eckhardt apologized to Abbott for the & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; note
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Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said last week that Texas governor Greg Abbott hates trees because one fell on him & # 39;

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said last week that Texas governor Greg Abbott hates trees because one fell on him & # 39;

A judge has been forced to apologize for making an insensitive joke about the Texas Governor Greg Abbott accident that paralyzed him decades ago.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said last week that Abbott hates trees because one fell on him, referring to an accident 35 years ago that made the governor paralyzed from the waist down and used a wheelchair ever since.

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On Friday, Eckhardt, a democratic judge, apologized to the Republican governor abbot.

& # 39; In my panel today at the Texas Tribune Festival about & # 39; Public Enragement & # 39; I spoke about the importance of being able to disagree without being unpleasant. Then I said something unpleasant, & Eckhardt said in a statement, according to the Texas Tribune.

The comments were made during the discussion of the Texas Legislature that dominated the Austin tree ordinance.

& # 39; I want to apologize to Governor Abbott. I made a silly comment that was inappropriate. The comment has contributed nothing to the debate in which I participated, let alone the political discourse in our community, state and nation.

& # 39; Although the governor and I disagree on a number of issues, that is no excuse for being unpleasant. & # 39;

Eckhardt referred to an accident in which the governor became paralyzed 35 years ago. Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since when an oak fell on him while he was jogging in Houston

Eckhardt referred to an accident in which the governor became paralyzed 35 years ago. Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since when an oak fell on him while he was jogging in Houston

Eckhardt referred to an accident in which the governor became paralyzed 35 years ago. Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since when an oak fell on him while he was jogging in Houston

On Friday, Eckhardt apologized to Abbott for the & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; note
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On Friday, Eckhardt apologized to Abbott for the & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; note

On Friday, Eckhardt apologized to Abbott for the & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; note

In a statement Friday, Travis County mentioned Republican President Matt Mackowiak's comments from Eckhardt & # 39; disgusting & # 39; and a & # 39; shameful joke & # 39 ;.

& # 39; Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is openly ridiculous if it helps her to make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt, & Mackiowak said.

He called her apologies & # 39; weak & # 39; and insincerity.

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& # 39; After news reports of her shameful joke came up, she has since offered a weak apology. I hope she takes the time to think and to contact Governor Abbott and his family to also apologize privately. There is no room for offending Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better, & he added.

Abbott became paralyzed in 1984 when he was 26 when an oak fell on him while jogging on a windy day in Houston.

The problem came to light after a tweet from federal editor John Daniel Davidson

The problem came to light after a tweet from federal editor John Daniel Davidson

The problem came to light after a tweet from federal editor John Daniel Davidson

He prosecuted the homeowner and the tree service who had inspected it before it landed on him.

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Abbott was awarded the following year in a multi-million dollar lawsuit agreement.

But in 2013 he told the Texas Tribune who would gladly give back the money to use his legs again.

& # 39; Money does not cure anything. I can't walk with money. It doesn't allow me to dance with my wife. I can't pick up my daughter. “I don't allow my daughter to walk down the aisle when she gets married,” said Abbott during his first campaign for governor.

& # 39; If you could name the person to whom I could write the check, I would immediately return all this money if I could walk again. & # 39;

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