Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Crisis after crisis, Greg Abbott has failed and passed off blame to somebody else. Texas is in dire straits. Texans are dying. Homes are being destroyed, people are cold and hungry, and we have no idea when things will begin to return to normal because our state government continues to fail. Millions of Texans are without power in freezing temperatures, many of them for the last 60 hours. At least 21 Texans have died. Their blood is on Abbott’s hands. Throughout this entire ordeal, Abbott has kept Texans completely in the dark about what he knew and what he did to prepare for this winter storm.
“Abbott’s lack of foresight and inability to manage this crisis is part of a repeated pattern. He didn’t take action when Texans were displaced during Hurricane Harvey, he refused to plan appropriately for the coronavirus crisis, his handling of vaccine distribution has been abysmal, and now, in Texas’ time of greatest need during this winter storm, his incompetence is once again on full display. This isn’t partisan politics. This is a question of his basic ability to do the job he was elected to do. We’ve given Abbott chance after chance to prove that he can manage our state government and he’s failed to answer the call every single damn time.
“On top of all of this, before even addressing Texans directly, Governor Abbott spent precious time spewing lies on right-wing television while again passing the blame off to somebody else. This is the classic Abbott playbook: lie and do whatever it takes to not take responsibility for your actions. Abbott is too busy already running for President to help Texans who are trapped in the cold and on the verge of hypothermia and death.
Make no mistake: Abbott’s incompetence has cost us dearly. His lack of care has put lives and communities in danger. And Texas families continue to die while Abbott continues to spew lies. There is a better pathway forward. We must defeat Greg Abbott in 2022. We must restore competence and an ability to get state government working again to our Governor’s mansion.”