‘You can meet us in San Jacinto’: Chip Roy challenges Mexican president over apparent Beto endorsement

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) condemned Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s apparent endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke in an open-air press conference on Friday.

“If you want to come have a skirmish with Texas, you can meet us in San Jacinto,” Roy remarked, referencing the 1836 battle in San Jacinto where Texas was victorious against Mexico.

“Amen,” multiple people in attendance agreed as the crowd applauded Roy’s statement.

Roy preceded the challenge with a statement of support for Texas Governor Greg Abbott who recently authorized law enforcement agencies including the National Guard to return border jumpers to the border.

“To listen to Mexican President Obrador say he’s gonna endorse Beto O’Rourke, over my governor, Governor Abbott, because he’s daring to secure the border, take steps to secure the border,” Roy said.

“We’re going to secure the border of the United States, and we’re going to do it now,” Roy vowed.

Last month, López Obrador blasted Abbott’s decision for Texas to enforce its border as “immoral” and “political” and something that is within the purview of only the federal government, according to Border Report.

“Indeed, he is overstepping the limits. He is not in a position, legally, to make such a decision,” the Mexican president said in Spanish.

“There are elections in November, so they’re looking to sensationalize this,” López Obrador claimed. “They cannot count on us because, even though we are respectful of the sovereignty of the countries, we don’t support that there are anti-immigrant campaigns for electoral purposes. I consider it immoral … political.”

Abbott’s communication director shot back in a press release noting that López Obrador’s remarks were an endorsement of Abbott’s opponent Beto O-Rourke.

“It’s not surprising that the pro-open border President of Mexico is endorsing Beto O’ Rourke, the pro-open border candidate for Texas Governor,” Mark Miner wrote. “While Beto O’Rourke and President López Obrador don’t believe there’s a problem at our southern border, deadly fentanyl continues to ravage communities throughout Texas and America. Governor Abbott will continue utilizing all available resources to secure our Southern border, including building the wall, deploying the Texas National Guard and DPS Troopers, and delivering illegal immigrants back to the border.”

Roy is no stranger to speaking his mind and earlier this week he satirically floated the idea that Congress create a “congressional stupidity alert system” as he argued against the development of a federal government-sponsored active shooter alert system.

“This is another example of Washington creating another department, another position, spending more money that we don’t have in order to have a policy objective [and] continuing to advance fear among the American people,” Roy told his fellow Congressmen. “Allow the states to make the decision…not bureaucrats in Washington.”

“I think it would probably be a more advantageous use of our time to develop a congressional stupidity alert system…that’s what this body is actually engaged in on a regular basis! Harming the American people!” Roy said.

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