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MSNBC, a far-left network, is facing backlash over accusations that it mocked wheelchair-bound Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for being physically handicapped.
As a teaser for an upcoming segment on an election reform bill that Abbott supports, on Wednesday MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” showed a photo of Abbott in his wheelchair and included the chyron “Texas Two Step.”
“But first, Texas two step — Gov. Greg Abbott threatening retaliation against state lawmakers after Democrats managed to block his party’s sweeping new voting restrictions,” host Andrew Mitchell said as she read chyron verbatim.
Because the governor is clearly unable to take two steps, both Mitchell and the chyron she’d been reading seemed to some like an attempted dig at his disability.
Look at a screenshot below:
WHAT THE HELL is this MSNBC???
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 1, 2021
The unusual chyron provoked accusations that the network was engaging in “ablelism,” a politically correct term used to denote prejudice against the disabled.
It also sparked accusations of hypocrisy. After all, as a far-left network, MSNBC is known for shrieking in outrage any time the tenets of PC culture are violated.
It’s why MSNBC hosts are seemingly always accusing others of being “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” etc. It’s also why an MSNBC panel once agreed that using the term “women” while speaking about abortion is wrong because it excludes so-called “transgender females.”
And it’s certainly why MSNBC is the type of network apt to hound people for not using the “correct gender pronouns.”
Look at some of the outrage below:
The worst part is that MSNBC would normally be the first ones to point out this type of behavior in others. But they know they can get away with it because other left wing media will let it slide. Shameful.
— A Taco a Day 🌮 (@atacoaday1) June 2, 2021
See, he’s a Republican, so subtle ableist jokes against Gov. Abbott are totally fine and super hilarious in the eyes of our journalist betters.
— Bill Dumais (@BillD202) June 1, 2021
Perfectly acceptable if you’re a liberal news organization…
— Brandi (@trager457) June 2, 2021
it’s not like they used the wrong pronouns or something.
— Mark Lester (@LesterInterest) June 1, 2021
@MSNBC sleazy stuff.
— BCS (@BMoney201020) June 1, 2021
It’s OK, they’re on the left. The rules they expect from others don’t apply to them.
— Robert Marlow (@R_Marlow1969) June 1, 2021
They must be really desperate for ratings if they are making fun of a man in a wheelchair.
— Nerdserker🟧⬛ (@Nerdserker1) June 2, 2021
Was MSNBC really making fun of him, though? Not everybody suspects so. Conservative columnist Ed Morrissey believes Hanlon’s razor may apply. Hanlon’s razor is a principle that says “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Hanlon’s Razor probably applies here, but … dude. https://t.co/CmeaQz9Qv7
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) June 1, 2021
Others suspect that even stupidity wasn’t at play here but rather regional language.
“To [be] fair it is [a] common catch phrase in TX,” one Texan wrote.
“Also, ‘Texas Two Step’ is a common enough turn of phrase that I am not *sure* anything was meant or should be seen as meant by the OP by MSNBC,” another added.
To fair it is common catch phrase in TX….when changed from two vehicle registration stickers to one they called it this
— Terry Ann (@terryannonline) June 1, 2021
Also, “Texas Two Step” is a common enough turn of phrase that I am not *sure* anything was meant or should be seen as meant by the OP by MSNBC.
Like, blast them I guess, but we have been calling him Gov Hot Wheels down here for a while now.
— Peter Wiggens (@PeterWiggens) June 2, 2021
Now take a closer look at the second tweet and note what the Twitter user wrote about Abbott’s nickname of “Gov. Hot Wheels.” Not only is this one definitely meant to attack Abbott over his disability, but it’s also part of a wider trend of leftists purposefully using the governor’s disability as a weapon.
See more examples below (*Language warning):
I hope greg abbott gets pushed down a flight of stairs
— Les (@Lexlieez) February 16, 2021
fuck greg abbott all the homies hate greg abbott pic.twitter.com/hP5izCKTFh
— Mell 🦇 (@Melanaaye) February 17, 2021
me n greg abbott if he don’t quit playing with my power pic.twitter.com/8BgcfKzlBv
— nyokabi 💛 (@stfukabi) February 16, 2021
My momma called Greg Abbott hot wheels 😂😂😂😂
— lonestarrmuzik (@lonestarrmuzik) May 27, 2021
Good morning to everyone except Greg Abbott, fuck you hot wheels.
— vane (@_lilvane) May 31, 2021
Greg Abbott.. count your days hot wheels.. count your days
— kennedy franklin (@kenn_elizabethh) February 16, 2021
Remember, these are the same types of people who spend all of their days accusing others of being bigoted and prejudiced. Yet they see nothing wrong with aiming hateful bigotry and prejudice at those whom they dislike.
As noted by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of those who believe MSNBC’s faux pas was intentional, it’s as if they — and those like them — have “no class.”
no class https://t.co/RpD7Q99qnm
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 2, 2021
To be clear, not everybody on the left is like this.
Writing for Medium earlier this year, freelance “journalist” Jake Cappuccino, a liberal who thinks Abbott’s leadership is “terrible,” warned his fellow leftists that their mockery of his disability “is unacceptable.”
“In my opinion, nobody who supports social justice and equal rights would ever think this kind of humor was OK because the only thing these jokes actually do, besides make their makers feel better — kudos, keyboard ninjas, I hope blowing off steam at the expense of people in wheelchairs makes you feel better — is to greenlight other assholes to treat people with disabilities like a joke,” he wrote.
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