August 27, 2019/Media, Press

“No Comment” Abbott Refuses to Talk About His Racist Fundraising Mailer

Austin, TX — Since news broke last week about Abbott’s racist fundraising mailer sent one day before the El Paso tragedy, Governor Abbott has refused to comment on his mailer.

In fact, Governor Abbott has had many opportunities to speak about this mailer — more than fifteen times since it became public. Yet, he continues to refuse all requests for comment, has not apologized for his fundraising mailer, or publicly committed to rooting racism out of his office and his Republican Party.

Don’t believe us?

Here are fifteen opportunities Governor Abbott had to apologize for his racist fundraising mailer that he’s so far refused. 

Opportunity #1 — Dallas News

“An Abbott spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The governor did not take questions from the media after the commission meeting.”

Opportunity #2 — The Guardian

“Abbott’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Thursday.”

Opportunity #3 — Texas Tribune

“Abbott — whose office did not respond to questions for this story.”

Opportunity #4 — San Antonio Express-News

“Abbott’s campaign did not return a request for comment about the letter.”

Opportunity #5 — El Paso Times

“The governor’s office said it would not respond to criticism of the letter.”

Opportunity #6 — Corpus Christi Caller Times 

“The governor’s office said it would not respond to criticism of the letter.”

Opportunity #7 — CBS Austin

“Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Abbott — whose office did not respond to questions for this story.”

Opportunity #8 — San Antonio Current

“Abbott’s office had no immediate comment at press time.”

Opportunity #9 — Huffington Post

“Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Opportunity #10 — The Hill

“The Hill has reached out to Abbott’s office for comment.”

Opportunity #11 — US World and News Report

“The Governor’s office did not return multiple requests to comment.”

Opportunity #12 — Newser

“There was no comment from Abbott on Thursday as he attended a roundtable discussion on responses to the shooting in Austin.”

Opportunity #13 — Buzzfeed News

“Abbott did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the mailer.”

Opportunity #14 — NBC News

“Abbott’s office did not respond to NBC News’ requests for comment.”

Opportunity #15 — New York Times

“A spokesman for Mr. Abbott declined to comment.”

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

“Governor Abbott should have apologized for his racist fundraising mailer and pledged to cease his racist rhetoric immediately. Instead, Abbott has refused to own up to it on at least 15 different occasions.

“This isn’t a game. People are dying. Governor Abbott cannot be trusted to lead on ending gun violence unless he and the rest of the Republican Party cease white supremacist language that causes tragedies like El Paso. The eyes of the world are watching.”

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