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Trump’s New Election Audit Request in Texas has been granted by his #1 Henchman, Greg Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas —The Texas Secretary of State announced it will conduct a forensic audit of 2020 election results in four of the state’s largest counties: Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant. Despite the reality that those results were certified by the Secretary of State, Gov. Abbott agreed to comply with this ridiculous request and grant the disgraced former president, Donald Trump, the audit within a few short hours of his request.  

We could go on all day about the colossal waste of taxpayer dollars this audit will entail — for results we already know the answer to. And we can note that once again, Donald Trump is simply doing what he does best by encouraging his most loyal followers to do his dirty work — diverting resources away from the issues Texans actually need addressed in favor of pointless financial sinks, from expensive, unnecessary recounts to political theatre on the border. However, what this really boils down to is simple: Donald Trump is a bad loser and continues to threaten our country by perpetuating the Big Lie at the expense of our very democracy.

Abbott chose to comply with Trump’s request at the expense of our taxpayer dollars all so he can continue to perpetuate the myth that voters cannot trust the results of Texas’ elections — even though those elections were overseen by Abbott’s hand-picked Secretary of State in 2020, whose office affirmed Texas’s election was “smooth and secure.” 

These false claims of impropriety are being used to make it harder to vote, and we are very clear that the goal of this exercise is to prevent Texas voters-specifically those most marginalized- from freely and openly participating in our democracy.

This is one more opportunity for Abbott to follow modern history’s least popular president off the cliff — and pander to his rightwing base before a contested GOP primary while continuing to ignore the real challenges facing Texans.

 

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“This is all an organized effort to fuel the ‘Big Lie’ and stroke Trump’s ego, while also rationalizing more laws targeting  voters of color.  Abbott’s acceptance of this request is shameful, especially because he knows very well that the 2020 election was ‘smooth and secure,’ as affirmed by his own hand-picked Secretary of State.

“It is no coincidence that Trump is requesting the state’s three largest counties, all of which voted for Biden, be included in this audit-we cannot waste any more time and money pandering to the ego of a sore loser.

“We’ve seen firsthand the danger of continued Republican attempts to cast doubt on this election.  Attempts that have transpired into actual policy in Texas where we are now dealing with some of the most restrictive voting laws in our country.  

“Abbott’s decision to continue this charade is yet another example that Trump and those who seek his approval will stop at nothing to make a mockery of our democratic process as they pander to a base completely out of touch with reality. It’s a lie and it is dangerous. On January 6, an armed mob stormed our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election based on these same baseless claims undermining the 2020 election for months. 

“Abbott was elected to represent the interest of Texans, but yet again, he continues to prioritize his political career and has no intention of focusing his attention or our tax dollars on the real issues facing Texans-instead he will continue to allow for the governing of our state by a delusional former President who only serves himself and cares nothing about what is best for Texas citizens.

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