Jen Psaki Shreds Texas Gov. Abbott’s Publicity Stunts that are Hurting Texas and America

The Republican Party of Donald Trump has become so enthralled with Dear Leader that they have abandoned any pretense to actually governing or developing policies that benefit the American people. Their entire political platform now consists solely of fawning adorations of Trump and vicious defamatory attacks on Democrats.

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Among the most brazen and shameless Trump-fluffers is Texas governor Greg Abbott. And this week he appears to be mounting a major offensive to test just how much he can offend his constituents before they send him into a disgraced retirement. Ignoring all of the real issues that are on the minds of the citizens in his state, Abbott is pursuing a pair of pointless initiatives aimed only at generating the interest of Fox News and other rightist media hacks.

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Abbott began the week by announcing that he intended to load migrants onto buses and transport them from Texas to Washington, D.C. There is, of course, no legal or administrative purpose to this policy. It would only serve to waste Texas taxpayer dollars in a petty and futile effort to embarrass President Biden. It would, however, achieve the goal of placing the migrants in a jurisdiction where they will be treated humanely according to the law and the Constitution. Which is surely not what Abbott intended.

What Abbott intended was to manufacture a publicity stunt that would dehumanize refugees from poverty and violence. And the evidence of his publicity motivation was apparent when the first bus arrived in Washington and parked in front of Fox News, as reported by John Roberts of Fox News:

White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, was asked about this ludicrous relocation program by Fox’s Peter Doocy. She replied that…

“I’m not aware of what authority the governor would be doing that under. I think it’s pretty clear this is a publicity stunt. His own office admits that a migrant would need to voluntarily be transported, and he can’t compel them to because, again, enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government, not a state.”

Not satisfied with humiliating himself by providing free bus rides to willing migrants, Abbott moved on to implement a costly, unpopular, and useless border inspection plan. He described this staged media affair as “enhanced safety inspections” to catch “cartels that smuggle illicit contraband and people across our southern border.” The only problem with that is his phony inspections cannot do what he said they do. His Democratic opponent for governor, Beto O’Rourke, spelled out what a fraud it was on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” saying that…

“These trucks that Greg Abbott has blockaded from coming into the United States are carrying parts that are destined for factories in San Antonio where we build the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma, to factories in Ohio and Michigan and other parts of this country. It’s gonna jeopardize jobs throughout this state and throughout the United States of America, for that matter. It’s gonna increase prices at our grocery stores even higher. And it’s worsening a supply chain problem that we already had. And this didn’t have to happen.”

O’Rourke goes on to point out that Abbott’s inspections only check on things like tire pressure and how the engine runs. In fact, Abbott’s inspectors are not even permitted to look inside the cargo area for drugs or human trafficking. And this boondoggle was also addressed by Jen Psaki, who issued the following statement from the White House:

“Governor Abbott’s unnecessary and redundant inspections of trucks transiting ports of entry between Texas and Mexico are causing significant disruptions to the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, impacting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country.” […]

“[T]rucks are facing lengthy delays exceeding 5 hours at some border crossings and commercial traffic has dropped by as much as 60 percent. […] Abbott’s actions are impacting people’s jobs, and the livelihoods of hardworking American families. “

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All of this just makes it more clear that Abbott and his Republican comrades are only interested in maligning their political foes and damaging the country so that they can blame the harm on Democrats. And rather than working on plausible solutions to the nation’s problems, they orchestrate publicity stunts designed to deceive the public and get them more time on Fox News.

That is not an agenda that the people of Texas, or America, should support. And, hopefully, they will come out in historic numbers in November to vote against the Republicans who are so determinedly working against the people.

UPDATE: Abbott has already caved in and canceled his “enhanced” inspections, likely due to the avalanche of criticism he received from both Democrats and Republicans.

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3 thoughts on “Jen Psaki Shreds Texas Gov. Abbott’s Publicity Stunts that are Hurting Texas and America

  1. I’ve often said that I truly HATE politics & it’s true. Take any good & useful idea – insert politics to totally screw it up. Everytime. I’ve seen it & said that for almost 40yrs now & it has never been more obviously true than it is now. Used to be that the proposal, good for this Country cuz’ it was good for the vast majority of our people – common sense for the common good – would run into politics & at that point get watered-down by opposing side, who didn’t feel we needed to help workers, or the poor, or elderly, whomever it was meant to help & lift up. There’d be negotiations back & forth in Congress until a compromise was reached & some weaker version of the bill would finally get passed & done. Opposing Parties worked together to get something done – albeit not all that was intended – but they did their job & got it done.

    Oh, how I miss the good ol’ days! Politics was a sideshow to be dealt with, in election years mostly. Now, “POLITICS” is the Main Event in the shitshow circus tent & what a 3-ring circus – so full of clowns! Everything us a fight, not a negotiation. And ‘compromise’ to Rethugs means Dems cave to what Rethugs want. Period.
    No longer are political lies reserved for campaign season. There is no ‘season’; it’s every dam* day, week, month, year. The constant lies by 1 Party & the fighting against each other, not working together for the good of the American people, means nothing good for us can get done anymore! The only thing the 2 sides agree on is “defense spending”, which always gets rubber-stamped with more $$$ even, by both Parties. No questions asked. That’s disgusting! They’ll agree on spending obscene amount of our tax dollars on new weapons & killing people around the world, but nothing else?! That is not “defense” at all. Arms dealers make all the profits, not us & we pay for it all!?! We pay taxes for rich politicians who can’t get anything done for us, can only agree on trillions to make more weapons & wars?!!
    Maybe the 2 fighting Parties could use the weapons, fight it out & be done with it. Put it on TV so we can watch, at least get something for our tax $$.
    Then…maybe ya’ll can get down to actually doing the People’s business ~ that which we pay you to work together & get done!?! Altho, I am sure we must remove the Party who’s still trying to overturn democracy ~ they’re proving daily that they can’t work for the good of all the people.
    God, I really hate politics & lies!!

  2. Totally agree! It’s extreme now & wisespread due to GOP joining in, rather than being a voice of reason, stability. Practicing their authoritarian dictator techniques on their own people…& They’re being very accepting of it, I’d say!

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