MSNBC facing backlash for chyron under Greg Abbott: ‘What the hell is this?’

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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:

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:

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.”


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.


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):

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.”

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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