As people celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel with Rick Perry’s impending last day as Governor of Texas, I can’t help but remind people of the saying,”Be careful what you wish for.” While the country might not know much about Greg Abbott, the Republican who wants to succeed Rick Perry, they really need to learn who he is–and fast.
You see, much of the country is well aware of just how incompetent and corrupt Rick Perry is, but many have no clue that Greg Abbott is just as bad—if not worse.
Just take a look at his response on Twitter when one of his supporters called Senator Wendy Davis (the likely Democratic challenger for Governor of Texas) an “idiot” and “Retard Barbie.”
One of his supporters tweeted “at” Greg Abbott’s official Twitter account:
“@GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in Gov race – run Wendy run! Retard Barbie to learn life lesson.”
So what was Abbott’s response? Well, of course, he thanked the gentlemen for his support:
“Jeff, thanks for your support”
No admonishment of this person’s comments. Nope… Just gratitude for their support.
But should we really be shocked? After all, this is the party that had its supporters boo a gay solider (while they were deployed in Iraq) during their presidential primaries–and not a single candidate spoke out in support of the soldier or condemned those in the audience who booed.
Politico reports that when they tried to contact Abbott, or any of his representatives, they did not immediately have a response. Apparently his “camp” needed time to figure out whether or not they should retract their supportive comment and condemn such ignorant language.
Well, after some national backlash, then Abbott finally delivered a response—via Twitter.
“FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don’t endorse anyone’s offensive language. Stay positive.”
Nothing quite like showing your disdain for hateful, ignorant comments with a response registering less than 140 characters.
But again, the Republican party (and its supporters) have made a name for themselves for showing total and absolute disrespect for anyone they oppose. Heck, just look at the visceral hatred they’ve displayed towards President Obama. The complete lack of respect for the President of the United States by many Republicans has been absolutely disgusting. And while I know many liberals took plenty of shots at President Bush during his time in the White House, it still doesn’t compare to the blind hatred I’ve witnessed coming from Republicans towards Obama.
So while many Texans are celebrating the countdown to the end of Rick Perry as Governor of Texas, all I can say to them is…
Be careful what you wish for.