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Longhorn Network pulled an ad, according to the Lincoln Project, in which Greg Abbott was slammed

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Updated: 09/20/2021 1:19 PM

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, front, speaks to Texas National Guard Director Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, rear right, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Steven McCraw, after Abbott signed a bill providing additional funding for safety. deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Friday, September 17, 2021, in Fort Worth. (AP Photo / LM Otero)LM Otero / associated press

The Lincoln Project, a group of former and current Republicans who oppose former President Donald Trump’s policies, says their national commercial criticizes Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who played 10 minutes before the Texas Rice football game kicked off on Saturday night pulled from the Longhorn Network.

Before the game, The Lincoln Project tweeted the commercial to its 2.7 million followers, promising: “Today at 7:00 p.m. CST – during the UT / Rice football game – Americans across the country will be reminded that @GregAbbot_TX will be reminded failed to keep Texas safe from the coronavirus pandemic. “

Instead, the ad never aired.

Today at 7:00 p.m. CST – during the UT / Rice soccer game – Americans across the country are being reminded that @GregAbbott_TX did not protect Texas from the coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/LxGrB2zsV5

– The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 18, 2021

“Despite approval from ESPN’s Legal Department, we were informed 10 minutes before kick-off that the ad would not be running. When asked why, we were told it was a ‘university decision,’ “the Lincoln Project said in a statement on Sunday.” Have Greg Abbott or his allies used political leverage to ensure that the advertisement is not going to air? Again, rather than “They are focused on keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic and seem to have spent their time and energy censoring those who would hold him accountable for his failure. In fact, multiple sources have us in Texas informed the governor’s office and the campaign organization about the political panic inside. “

An Abbott spokesman told the Dallas Morning News that the governor had nothing to do with withdrawing the complaint.

The dark commercial called Abbott’s Wall claims you could make a wall out of the coffins of the more than 60,000 Texans who died of COVID-19 and would stretch from Austin to San Antonio.

Matt Young has been with Chron’s sports web editor / writer since 2015. He’s proud of Alief and occasionally sits alone in his square room staring at candles. Reach him at matt.young@chron.com.

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