Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Smears Gab As An 'Anti-Semitic Platform,' Says It Has 'No Place in Texas'Chris Menahan
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday night released a statement smearing the free speech social media site Gab as an "anti-Semitic platform" that has "no place in Texas" before endorsing a bill to "fight anti-Semitism."
From National File:
In the video, Abbott is seen sitting in his wheelchair while flanked by the American and Texan flags, with the Israeli flag taking a prominent role centered directly behind him.Gab fired back on Twitter:
The move came just days after Abbott claimed he supported making it illegal for social media sites to censor conservative speech.
In 2016, Abbott took a trip to Israel on pro-Israel GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson's private jet to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Later that year, Reps. Phil King and Craig Goldman took a trip to Israel and met with Knesset members to discuss "how to combat BDS," (the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement).
Rep. King, who has taken multiple all-expense-paid trips to Israel over the years, then sponsored an anti-BDS bill which made its way through the Republican-controlled Texas legislature.
In 2017, Abbott signed King's anti-BDS bill into law.
After Hurricane Harvey struck later that year, Texans were told they had to sign what amounted to a loyalty pledge to Israel in order to receive relief funds.
Government contractors, including elementary school teachers, were similarly told they had to sign a loyalty pledge to Israel or else they'd lose their jobs.
No similar law has been passed anywhere in America barring people from boycotting the United States.
The specific bill Abbott just endorsed is not yet clear but in January he said he's planning to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition into state law during the next legislative session.
The IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism is completely antithetical to the First Amendment.
The definition defines anti-Semitism as:
- Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.No other ethnic or religious group in America is afforded any such privileges.
As we've all seen, the American people are allowed to be denigrated relentlessly and blamed for all the evils of the entire world.
When they dare to stand up for themselves they get smeared by the media and sell-outs like Governor Abbott, banned from social media and blacklisted from the financial system!
To borrow a line the Governor himself said last week, "The United States of America was built on free speech and healthy debate, [Gov. Abbott and] Big Tech's efforts to silence American viewpoints is un-American, un-Texan and it is unacceptable!"
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