Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that he is deploying troops to the polls in the state, something that a president can’t even do because it can suppress the vote.
“The Texas Army National Guard said Monday it had been ordered to dispatch 1,000 troops to five major cities around the state in conjunction with the Nov. 3 election,” San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.
It sent people into flames of rage claiming that it was an example of a Republican governor behaving like a segregationist from the 1950s.
See the attacks in the tweets below:
This is 1950s segregated south type behavior — prospect of Texas Army National Guard at polling locations is a blatant act of voter intimidation.
Governor Abbott needs to immediately make clear that the Texas Guard will not be used to hover at polling sites intimidating voters. https://t.co/WstFuXZSAz
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) October 26, 2020
Let Governor Abbot know how you feel about this by calling his office:
(512) 463-2000 https://t.co/ZIYXKlUYBW
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 26, 2020
Kommandant Abott to deploy his storm troopers per Hair Twitler's command. https://t.co/3zTAbMfFzY
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 26, 2020
TX Gov. Abbott will deploy 1,000 national guard soldiers to polling places on November 3 to intimidate Democrats from voting.
— =Mask it or Casket= (@seriousfun8309) October 26, 2020
Texas #GOP Governor Abbott to deploy 1000 National Guard troops for election – Express-News reports Democratic “strongholds” will be receiving the Guard units, including San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth.https://t.co/ISZhvTnQHD
— reddawns (@reddawns) October 26, 2020
— EllenZ (@ellenzelwell) October 26, 2020
@GregAbbott_TX why are you sending the National guard to Democratic strongholds in the state for Election Day?
— Shaun M 🇺🇸 (@scfm69) October 26, 2020
WHAT THE LIVING FUCK??!!https://t.co/KTNdA6IgCu
— sparanormal (@spara) October 26, 2020
So instead of opening more polling places or making early voting easier this jackass… https://t.co/1hOTfnL4f8
— Maxwell SmartPhone (@therealplau) October 26, 2020
So it begins Republicans pulling out all the authoritarian tactics especially in Texas ! Note he’s only deploying them to Democratic stronghold cities !
Texas GOP Governor Abbott to deploy 1000 National Guard troops for election | Raw Story https://t.co/uMkbtYqjF0 via rawstory
— katie straka (@SPN411) October 26, 2020
— Lisa Mims (@lisamariemims) October 26, 2020
— danny. (@MambaClutch_8) October 26, 2020
https://t.co/wWoTUXaERd Well, I hope the Natl Guard is ordered to maintain peace and keep armed militias away from the election polling centers and not to intimidate anyone under any circumstances. One hostile act by the Natl. Guard and it will be on Abbott for election rigging.
— Tim (@timiamiamtim) October 26, 2020
— NGraff (@IAMNTX) October 26, 2020
Enough to get Abbott to call out the National Guard.
— Peter Principle (@Jobsboils) October 26, 2020
— Paul Revere's Ghost (@RevereGhost) October 26, 2020
@GregAbbott_TX no state needs the national guard present when people vote. Stop your voter suppression.
— Tmayo (@Tmayo72813432) October 26, 2020
Abbott has time to call out the National Guard to go to Dem cities to intimidate voters, but he doesn't have time to take care of his responsibilities to save Texans. https://t.co/LXB8xkr82t
— Monica Fraker (@FrakerMonica) October 26, 2020
— Tracy Fitzpatrick (@TracyFi52245153) October 26, 2020
Juliette Kayem put out a big thread this morning about all states calling in the National Guard for the possible Election Day violence. The governors should be communicating this out. With Abbott it’s hard to trust.
— Bostonpies (@Bostonpies2) October 26, 2020
"In a disturbing and possibly unprecedented move Republican Governor Greg Abbott will deploy 1000 National Guard troops into Texas cities for the presidential election next week."
Voter suppression about to happen in Texas.https://t.co/h28Oq91TSi
— Aging Artemis (@AgingArtemis) October 26, 2020
So Gov Abbott is dispatching the National Guard to the polls on Nov. 3rd. Get the fuck out of here with this nonsense. This is not Russia or North Korea.
— Coach Miller (@CoachMiller1981) October 26, 2020
This is an abomination.
"Express-News reports Democratic “strongholds” will be receiving the Guard units, including San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth."https://t.co/3FerTtH98u
— Portia McGonagal (@PortiaMcGonagal) October 26, 2020
Governor Abbott is mobilizing 1,000 Texas Army National Guard troops to the five largest Texas cities on election day — for "reasons"
Smells like potential voter intimidation…
— Jim Clark (@jwclark) October 26, 2020
Abbott mobilizing the Texas Army National Guard just shows you how scared Republicans are about Texas turning blue this year.
Get out and vote!!!
— Jim Clark (@jwclark) October 26, 2020
This is a disgusting abuse of power by Governor Abbott. Our military should never be used in such a manner. Placing troops only in Democratic strong holds is obvious voter intimidation. @GregAbbott_TX should immediately rescind this order. https://t.co/Ho2IosPFKJ
— 🇺🇸Veterans For Biden🇺🇸 (@Vets4Biden) October 26, 2020
This is great. Now tell me, why the fuck did Greg Abbott tell the National Guard to stand by for election day?
— liz reichman (@lizreichman) October 26, 2020
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