Anti-Trump Lincoln Project is going to purchase a college football ad targeting Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Members of the Lincoln Project, a group of current and former Republicans committed to overthrowing former President Donald Trump, are now trying to sack Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The group secured a $ 25,000 ad purchase that beat Abbott for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The ads will run during Saturday’s soccer game between the University of Texas and Rice University.
Abbott is a UT graduate.
“Greg Abbott is the example of someone who once had principles and gave up on them,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and a native Texan. “He no longer feels like talking about the marketplace of ideas.”
Mark Miner, a spokesman for Abbott’s campaign, is unimpressed with the Lincoln Project’s efforts.
“I’m not going to respond to a few obsolete and unemployed political hacks sitting in their basement all day shooting videos that nobody cares about and watching reruns of Seinfeld,” Miner said.
The television commercial called Abbott’s Wall claims that if you built a wall out of the coffins of Texans who died of COVID-19, it would stretch from Austin to San Antonio. The ad shows a gritty Texas landscape with captions revealing terrible coronavirus statistics. Advertisements say 3.8 million Texans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 60,475 of them died. According to the ad, those deaths resulted in over 60,000 burials, with 85 miles of wood used to make coffins.
“If Governor Abbott wants to build a new wall, tell him to stop building,” the silent ad reads, using subtitles instead of a narrator.
With Trump out of office for now, the next phase of the Lincoln Project’s work is to neutralize Republicans who carry on Trump’s policies or practices.
“We have seen an explosion and acceleration in what we would call Trumpist behavior, which is the idea that you have to be as extreme as possible, you have to get to the bottom of these things,” Galen said. “We took a close look at it [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott for being the next generation of what you will see of Republican leaders. “
Abbott, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and former attorney general, has strong support from all aspects of the Republican Party. But his second term was dominated by his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his embrace of Trump and his politics. The legislature’s regular and special sessions included numerous laws aimed at Trump supporters, including a controversial electoral law that restricted early voting, a law that bans abortions after six weeks of gestation, the completion of a wall along the state border with Mexico and other problems.
The governor has also banned masking requirements, although some local school districts and jurisdictions want them to protect students and teachers from the virus.
Galen said Abbott should have focused on strengthening the state’s electricity delivery system, which was largely taken offline in February after a massive winter storm. He added that Abbott should also enable local scrutiny on issues related to the pandemic, including school districts deciding whether to introduce masking requirements to protect against the virus.
“It costs Texans their lives. It brings chaos into their lives, ”he said. “Mothers and fathers … they want their children to go to school. They want their children to be safe in school. They don’t want their relatives to get sick. “
Galen said Abbott’s handling of the pandemic reflects the next generation of Trump-style politics.
“This illustrates what you get when you take Trumpism and give it to someone who actually knows how to use it,” he said.
Abbott will seek a third term as governor of Texas next year. He faces a primary challenge from former Dallas Senator Donald Huffines and former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West. On the Democratic Party’s side, Beto O’Rourke, who nearly beat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, could be a candidate against the Republican primary winner.
While the Lincoln Project is unlikely to support Huffines or West, Members say they will consider running against Abbott in the general election.
“Abbott isn’t used to punching straight in the face,” said Galen. “He does not like it. He probably hasn’t had it in a long time, if at all, and he will see a lot more of this kind of illustration of who he was and who he is. “