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The media’s flagrant unwillingness to fact-check President Joe Biden’s repeated lies about Republicans prompted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to issue his own fact-check Tuesday.
In a video posted to his social media accounts, the Republican governor slammed the president and the Democrat Party as a whole for spreading blatant “misinformation” about virtually anything involving Republicans.
“You might remember, President Biden called me a Neanderthal for opening Texas 100 percent and no masks. It turned out he was wrong. After that opening, Texas COVID numbers improved substantially,” he said as one example.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 18, 2021
More recently, the governor continued, Biden has been lying about voter reform bills designed to enhance election security and integrity by instituting common-sense rules such as a requirement that voters display their ID to vote.
“Well, now President Biden is calling Texas names again. This time, he’s chastising us for making it easy to vote but hard to cheat. And once again, President Biden ignores the facts,” Abbott explained.
“The fact is that Texas is passing a law that expands — not reduces — the hours of early voting. That’s more than many states, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which has zero hours of early voting,” he added.
Delaware’s voting laws are actually far more restrictive across the board.
President Biden’s home state of Delaware:
-No same-day voter registration.
-No early voting.
-No “No excuse absentee voting.”
-But voter ID is required!
Strange how this isn’t a problem when the state is run by Democrats.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 5, 2021
How many people tweeting about the Texas election bill know that it requires at least 9 hours/day of early voting during the early voting period, and requires 12 hours/day during the last week of early voting in large counties
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 13, 2021
Meanwhile this is the messaging coming out of the White House https://t.co/hNI9Ols1OS
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 13, 2021
“The Texas law also helps to prevent mail-in ballot fraud in Texas. That is an issue that both Republicans and Democrats agree on. It will uphold the integrity of our elections and ensure that Texans who do qualify to vote by mail will have the ability to do so,” Abbott continued before concluding with a zinger.
“President Biden and the Democrats must stop the misinformation. Texas is very simply making it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” he said.
Listen to his fact-check below:
Biden has a pattern of spreading misinformation & he’s at it again today.
The #txlege is passing a law that EXPANDS early voting hours & prevents mail-in ballot fraud.
Texas is making it EASIER to vote & harder to cheat. pic.twitter.com/DGTob0obYc
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 13, 2021
The fact-check was desperately needed because the media have, in most cases, chosen to simply ignore the president’s lies.
Case in point:
CNN’s lead fact-checker @ddale8 hasn’t fact-checked President Joe Biden a single time during the entire month of July.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) July 13, 2021
In other cases, the media have regurgitated his lies wholesale.
But these aren’t just standard-fare lies. They are dangerously hyperbolic lies.
“Using language on Tuesday that the liberal media would suggest was threatening lives if it had come from former President Trump, President Biden accused Republicans and their election integrity efforts of being the greatest threat to American democracy since the Civil War,” the media watchdog group NewsBusters notes.
Biden says Trump supporters are worse than slave-owning Confederates: “We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole…The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did”
You CAN oppose HR1 & 1/6… pic.twitter.com/Jz8z95owPR
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 13, 2021
🚨🚨: Biden lying left and right about election reform in this Philly speech, including falsely calling Georgia’s voting reform a “racially discriminatory, vicious anti-voting law.”
Georgia’s law expanded early voting far beyond what Biden’s home state, Delaware, allows. pic.twitter.com/Bhodq6Hx64
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) July 13, 2021
This Biden speech is one of the most dishonest and lie-filled addresses – from beginning to end – I’ve seen in a long time. https://t.co/1MaYUHytK5
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) July 13, 2021
Yet instead of fact-checking and condemning the president’s hyperbolic lies, “ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News backed his dangerous rhetoric and echoed Democratic lies,” according to NewsBusters.
Over on ABC News, David Muir reportedly said, “President Biden late today in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, blasting what he calls attacks on voting rights. Republican-led efforts in more than 16 states across the country. The President and that warning, calling it the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”
Wherever you turn, in fact, you can hear so-called “journalists” like him slavishly reciting the president’s lies near-verbatim:
Watch the media smear, spin, and outright lie about election security laws that the majority of Americans agree with as “Jim Crow voter suppression.” pic.twitter.com/zhhJYwB9Vw
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) April 1, 2021
If the media were actually doing their jobs, Abbott would have likely not felt compelled to issue his own fact-check. But with the media constantly acting as the Biden administration’s stenographer, it’s clear that he’d felt that he had no choice.
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