Gov. Greg Abbott Criticizes Biden for Calling Republican Election Laws ‘Un-American’ and Says Texas Gives Residents More Hours to Vote Than Delaware
- Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott clapped back at President Joe Biden for calling GOP election reform laws ‘un-American’
- Abbott pointed out that Texas currently has more early voting hours than Biden’s home state of Delaware
- “When there is voter suppression, the easier assertion is that voter suppression occurred in Delaware, not Texas,” Abbott said.
- On Tuesday, Biden had visited Tulsa, Oklahoma to mark the 100th anniversary of the city’s massacre and said voting rights are “under attack.”
- “It’s just un-American,” the president said. ‘Unfortunately, however, it is not unprecedented.’
- Abbott told The Dallas Morning News: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden criticized the Senate bill without ever reading it’
- House Democrats went on strike over the weekend to overturn the controversial law, which included shifting early voting hours on Sunday
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott clapped back at President Joe Biden for calling GOP election reform laws “un-American” by pointing out that Texas currently has more early voting hours than Delaware.
“The voter law in the state of Texas is much more accommodative and offers many more hours to vote than in President Biden’s home state of Delaware, where he voted in the last election, where they offer exactly zero early voting days,” Abbott said. said Tuesday to The Dallas Morning News. “When there is voter suppression, the easier assertion is that voter suppression occurred in Delaware, not Texas.”
Earlier Tuesday, Biden had delivered a speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma, marking the 100th anniversary of the city’s massacre, where he addressed Republican efforts to “attack” voter access.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott clapped back at President Joe Biden after Biden called Republican election reform laws ‘un-American’
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s massacre. Biden delivered a speech saying voting rights were ‘under attack’
“This sacred right is under attack,” Biden said. “With an intensity and aggressiveness we haven’t seen in a long, long time.”
“It’s just un-American,” the president also said. ‘Unfortunately, however, it is not unprecedented.’
Biden did not specifically mention Texas.
Abbott, who received approval from former President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his reelection bid, scoffed at Biden’s comments in an interview with the Dallas newspaper.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden criticized the Senate bill without ever reading it,” Abbott said. “I bet he has no idea what’s in it.”
The Texas governor referred to a GOP-backed electoral bill that was killed by Texas House Democrats over the weekend when they staged a strike that went out of clock.
Abbott did not directly answer questions from The News about some of the controversial provisions in the bill — such as early voting on Sundays at 1 p.m. instead of 9 a.m., and also forcing people with disabilities to provide additional evidence that they email needed. by vote.
Instead, Trump’s Republican ally pointed to previous criticisms Biden leveled against him.
“Of course, this is the same person who responded quickly and called me a Neanderthal for opening things up, and he turned out to be 100 percent wrong about that,” Abbott said. “It will be proven that he is one hundred percent wrong on this.”
In early March, Biden said Texas and Mississippi governors were using “Neanderthal thinking” when they lifted COVID-19 restrictions in their states.
In Texas, there was no new spike after restrictions were lifted — and vaccines were delivered — but instead, like the rest of the US, the state has generally seen a downward trend in COVID-19 cases.
Biden’s home state of Delaware doesn’t have an early vote, but that will change starting in January, allowing the practice to take place 10 days before an election — including the Saturday and Sunday before the general election.
Delaware allows online registration and voters can register to vote until the last Saturday in October for the November general election.
In Texas, voters often register 30 days before an election, The News noted.