Why Is Greg Abbott Still Associating with Extremists?

When it comes to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, at least one thing has become abundantly clear: he doesn’t have a problem sharing the stage with some of the nation’s most extreme, divisive and hateful figures. That conclusion is underscored by the news that Abbott will be a featured speaker next month at a Texas Renewal Project event that includes a virtual “who’s who” of religious and political extremists.

Last year Abbott — now the Republican nominee for Texas governor — accepted an award from a Houston organization whose executive director calls his city’s mayor a “sodomite,” compares President Obama and Democratic leaders to Nazis and attacks the religious faith of clergy with whom he disagrees, calling them “chimpanzees,” “pathetic” and “pitiful.” Earlier this year Abbott campaigned with rocker Ted Nugent, who has called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and brags about bedding underage teen girls.

Now at the Texas Renewal Project event scheduled for April 3-4 in Austin, Abbott will be joining a list of speakers who have a history of incendiary, hateful and divisive rhetoric. Among them:

12 thoughts on “Why Is Greg Abbott Still Associating with Extremists?

  1. “Why is Greg Abbott still associating with extremists?”

    Answer: Because he needs them. That is the scary part and something all independent voters in Texas need to look at and look at closely. If I were running for public office anywhere in the nation and felt as if I NEEDED the Ku Klux Klan, private militia groups, survivalists, other such extremist groups, and their private citizen supporters to get me elected, I would hope that the general citizenry of Texas would have enough good sense NOT to vote for me. I think any sane person would have to come to that conclusion.

    1. Yes.
      I honestly think that Greg Abbott knows better than the rhetoric he has been using lately. But he will do anything to get elected, and so his dive to the wacko right is a coldly calculated move. This makes it a character issue.

  2. How could a person be in the Republican Party if he or she didn’t want to associate with religious and political extremists?

    From Newt Gingrich and Jessie Helms to Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz, they’ve been the most visible face of the Party for a long time.