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Dear Governor Abbott: Please Take Back Your Dumb Joke

It’s never okay to intimidate reporters.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the newly opened The Range in South Austin Friday, May 26, 2017.
(Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Dear Governor Abbott,

I just happened to catch your remarks from yesterday afternoon, the ones you made while visiting the Austin gun range to sign the bill that lowers the cost of gun licenses in Texas. The Dallas Morning News story I read said that you celebrated by firing a 9 mm handgun into a target, and then displayed your handiwork by declaring, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters.”

We all make dumb jokes from time to time, and maybe you meant that carrying around proof of how good a shot you are would inoculate you against anyone suggesting otherwise. Fake news! But if I may just remind you of the context: in the last 48 hours a Republican candidate for Congress in Montana, Greg Gianforte, body slammed a reporter before marching on to victory. I also happened to catch a photo on Twitter last night of a Trump supporter wearing a T-shirt with the caption “Journalist, Rope, Tree.”

So forgive me if I fail to see the humor in your words. I’ve devoted most of my adult life to the profession of journalism, virtually all of it in a state both of us love. I think we can agree that our common goal is to make Texas a better place for everyone, even if we disagree on the means. The last time I checked, the First Amendment was still in place, and the governor of Texas was still responsible for protecting the rights and safety of all Texans, regardless of party affiliation, political belief, or profession.

But I don’t feel very safe, Governor Abbott. It’s bad enough watching journalists murdered around the world for doing their jobs—104 journalists killed in Mexico alone since 2000—but to hear my governor intimate that he’s now gunning for reporters fills me with dread. Would you have said the same about blacks or Latinos? I doubt it. Catholics or Jews? I don’t think so. My guess is that you wouldn’t have even taken such aim at Planned Parenthood volunteers. And yet it’s acceptable nowadays to suggest reporters are the enemy, to inflame those who might take your “joke” as a directive.

I’m not going to waste a lot of time talking about journalism being structurally adversarial—you know, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable and all that. And I’m not going to get into a dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin argument comparing good and bad journalists; the same discussion could be had of doctors, lawyers, and public servants. All I’m saying is that we live in a time of growing hatred and divisiveness, and it’s profoundly disappointing to see that instead of exercising leadership, the governor of my state is fanning the flames.

And, you know, I’m not just a reporter. I’m a wife and mother, and a grown daughter responsible for the care of her dad. People depend on me to take care of them. Your recent remarks make me wonder whether I can depend on you to do the same.

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  • Allan Folsom

    Oh, so I get it, reporters can engage in character assassination and say what ever they feel is appropriate, even if it is corroborated by “anonymous” secondary sources, yet a politician makes a joke (albeit a stupid one) and it is beyond the pale? Really? You guys don’t get it do you?

    • Jed

      Somebody doesn’t get it, for sure.

      • Allan Folsom

        Well I am a product of the Houston Public School system, but I digress. Thanks for your confirmation, it means a lot to me.

    • Kay Wert Minardi

      This “joke” intimated that the governor would be ready to shoot a journalist. That is a far cry from a journalist writing about someone, whether it’s a character assassination, as you call it, or not. YOU don’t get it!

      • Bill Crowley

        Here’s a big difference for you….NO ONE in their right mind actually thinks the Governor will whip out his sidearm and shoot a journalist. That cannot be said for someone thinking a journalist will crank up his laptop and produce a slanderous piece of drivel in the name of “reporting” (even though they use non-existent or at best the slenderest thread of evidence). That happens ALL THE TIME, and we’re expected to grow thick skin and take it. I suggest journalistss….and I have been one (and TRULY recieved death threats from a shady underworld figure) grow a thicker skin. Look at all the late night “comedians” (actually, propagandists) who “take shots” at the President every night. Just humor, right? Well, the governor has the same right. Live with it.

        • JP

          This is Texas. Dick Cheney shot a lawyer while hunting here. I’m not so sure somebody who jokingly threatens journalists should be automatically assumed to be purely joking.

          All humor has some hidden anger behind it. So what a person finds funny can be very revealing of his psyche at that moment.

          It was a dumb joke on a very charged topic and it fell flat. That alone may warrant an apology.

          • Allan Folsom

            So, words mean things now? Wow.

        • Judy Pettit Ronshausen

          The Point is the Govenor is a role model to the people. His comments could incite unstable folks to do harm. His joke is not appropriate for his position.

        • don76550

          While there is a 1st amendment right of free speech, there is NO constitutional right to be a journalist. The time is past due to require occupational licenses of journalists just like we do health care providers and many other occupations. Then, just a a physician could lose his license to practice for malpractice, then so could a journalist for fake news, habitual lying and misrepresenting events.

          • Jkhb!!!!

            Hey, check out the First Amendment, don. That is the constitutional amendment that protects journalists.
            Have you read any history about the founding of America?

          • don76550

            Again, no constitutional right to be a journalist. Be consistent , do you favor an untrained incompetent unlicensed physician to care for your family? If not, why do you support the lying disciples of Joseph Goebbels to be your news source?

    • proudtexan

      Who are “you guys”?Are you saying character assination is worthy of real assassination? We’re all in a shitload of trouble. Someone please help me get these mentally challenged people out of my state. Perry wasn’t embarrassing enough?

      • Bill Crowley

        And are you so dense that you can’t realize there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO chance of the governor actually pulling iron on a journalist? Please tell me that we Texans have become so weak that we can’t deflect a few ill chosen words without cringing in horror. Please get THOSE backbone challenged people out of my state.

        • Judy Pettit Ronshausen

          The problem is inciting others who are not joking to do harm. The Govenor of a state is a role model and this joke was inappropriate at the very least.

        • Allan Folsom

          Bill, save it. They are as weak, both physically and mentally.

  • Walt Longmire

    Sorry, Mimi, but your snowflake mind has been ruined by your radical ideology. Democrats are all in such a state. Plus, you don’t even have the good sense to write an article. One of the rules of writing is “context, context, context.” He was at a shooting range, snowflake! One might say that the joke, while insenstive to the snowflake mind, was actually quite a funny quip. He was at a shooting range!

    • alamosweet

      The context is that he’s the governor, not just your average gun-happy blowhard.

      • Jed

        Maybe if folks show up at the capitol carrying signs that feature Abbott superimposed onto a shot up range target … he would get it.

        Although now I think about it, they probably already did that to Clinton.

      • Walt Longmire

        That is NOT the context: that is your biases and blatantly political interpretation of the context.

        • alamosweet

          Jokes about killing journalists are decidedly apolitical: I’m against them by a member of any party. You support the governor in whatever he says, whether it’s admirable or abhorrent. I guess that is what it is, and it is wildly indicative of the right wing across the board.

    • ATXDaytripper

      So it’s fine and dandy to make ‘jokes’ about murdering people, as long as you’re at a shooting range? You seem the sort who would extend that logic to say it’s okay to make jokes about lynching black people, as long as you’re in the rope department at Home Depot. I wish IQ tests were required to access the Internet, it would be so much lovelier on here without your kind…

      • Walt Longmire

        See? That is a snowflake response, a sour-pussed liberal who has zero sense of humor, even when it is sometimes insensitive. But the context was about guns and shooting. And the larger context was the violence and aggressiveness of snowflake reporters, who will assault, provoke, attack and maim anyone they want to.

        And you might want to think again when you are deeming yourself smarter than I. I strongly doubt it.

        • Jeff Veazey

          Walt, here’s a joke for Governor Abbott! Too bad it wasn’t a bigger tree! I was in a forest hugging a tree when I wrote this joke! There’s a blizzard coming , snowflake. ha ha, just kidding!

      • Bill Crowley

        You do realize you’re proving ATX’s point, right? You’re saying, “it would be great if everyone on the internet agreed with me, and anyone who doesn’t should not have access to it.” Wow. And you call for IQ tests as a license to post. How about a “common sense” test?

    • Mollietoes

      I would go easy on the Snowflake thing, Pres Trump had to follow all the world leaders walking in a golf cart. Who is the real snowflake?

      • SpiritofPearl

        Yeah. Too fat to walk half a block . . .

      • Walt Longmire

        You have, as usual, misunderstood the snowflake reference. Look it up under “George Will + snowflake.”

    • Rick Stevenson

      You know, this world will be better when you and the rest of the dinosaurs who say this kind of ridiculous crap finally die off. Hurry up and get to it.

    • proudtexan

      SNOWFLAKE,3 times, really?You speak of context? Writing any good books?

      • Walt Longmire

        George Will gave us a wonderful moniker when he characterized liberals and Democrats as “snowflakes that melt at the very notion that someone might disagree with them.”

        When I use it three time, that is called “emphasis,” snowflake.

    • enp1955

      I suppose, Walt, that his humor was then in the same vein as the “humor” found in all of the targets I see for sale at gun ranges featuring silhouettes of Obama, Pelosi, and other progressive leaders. I guess I find Abbott’s comment just as offensive as I find those targets, in context or otherwise.

      • Walt Longmire

        Nope, not the same. Those are thought-out hate-driven threats. His comment was an off-the-cuff remark made as an attempt at humor which reflected the context of the site. How in the world could you see that as the same as those hateful and racist targets? Category error of logic, guy.

  • Buzzerfly

    Ahhhh…. Another snowflake melted. Sublime.

    • Mollietoes

      Snowflakes are actually very powerful, unique and keep us all alive by feeding our rivers…without snowflakes,things would be rough.

  • Mollietoes

    What I find so troubling, the hate filled posts against journalists has been fueled by a steady stream of Russian propaganda on social media and these “fine” folk are too naive to realize they have been manipulated. I fear for our democracy.

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  • sisterchef

    When our country is saved from becoming an oligarchy, we will have dedicated journalist to thank.

  • SpiritofPearl

    You go, girl! Journalists and the IC community are all that stand between us and a dictatorship.

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  • subtext9

    Abbott’s incitement to inhibit, cripple, or immobilize reporters via gun use is inappropriate. Thanks to Texas Monthly for knocking this idea down.

    • Walt Longmire

      Texas Monthly? Oh, my gosh, I have erred. All this time I thought I was on the snowflake Huff Post!

      If Texas Monthly said it, it must be right, eh?

      • SpiritofPearl

        Why don’t you mosey over to Breitbart?

        • Walt Longmire

          Presuming a bit, are you not? Then allow me to do so as well; homosexuals should not use the word “mosey.”

          I am a traditional liberal, though I no longer identify as Democrat. What is called a liberal today is nothing less than licensious people who kill fetuses and have perverted sex with people of the same gender. That was and is not now what a liberal is.

          When I was walking the picket line with my Democrat union father long ago, seeking fair wages for workers, not a single one of them would have ever imagained that to be a Democrat one must pass the two litmus tests that have been adopted: homosexuality and abortion of fetuses.

          That is NOT what Democrats were about historically, and thus the modern Demcrat party is not your father’s Democrat party but somethihg entirely different. The liberals have lost the battle and the licensious folks have taken over the party and erected two litmus test that one must pass before being considered a true Democrat: abortion and acceptance and rabid promotion of homosexuality.

          So, I was a liberal before you licensious folks came along. If you want to know what a real liberal Democrat was, I will be glad to teach you.

          • SpiritofPearl

            You can teach me nothing. I can at least teach you to spell. It’s “licentious.”

            And take off the cowboy hat when you’re indoors . . .

          • Walt Longmire

            You know, I looked at that word spelling several times wondering if it was right but failed to check that spelling. Thanks for the note.

            Yeah, I can teach you in a day more than you have learned in your lifetime.

            As for the cowboy hat indoors, I say, “Screw You, We’re from Texas” [Ray Wylie Hubbard, but you wouldn’t know that being the urban snowflake you are.

          • SpiritofPearl

            I’ve learned a lot about Texas from several TM posters. You’ll never be one of them. I’ve learned that you reinforce the stereotype. I’ve also learned that most Texans aren’t like you.

            What are you hiding under that hat?

            Son, I know all about that song. “Screw” is not the original text.

          • Walt Longmire

            Well, at least you know SOMETHING. 🙂 i went with that since YouTube chose to do so as well.

            Today’s Texas is about a bunch of northerner transplants who like to wear cowboy clothes and have gay sex. That is NOT the Texas I knew and grew to love.

          • SpiritofPearl

            There you go again raving on about gay sex.

          • don76550

            Like your Marxist namesake, you know nothing of Texas

          • don76550

            You imply you are incapable of learning nothing. It sure shows

  • proudtexan

    Cheaper and more efficient to “shoot”politicians than reporters.And much more rewarding and productive.

  • disqus_xIdL3YzMYs

    He was joking about what a poor shot he is. Look at the target! Most shots are outside the blue circle. The reporter has little to worry about.

    • SpiritofPearl

      You are missing the point. Abbott inspires the unhinged with his comments about journalists.

      • Walt Longmire

        You are a devotee of Hillary Clinton and call others unhinged? That’s a hoot, as the saying goes. The Democrats are the ones who are unhinged — and out of power, I might add, because your candidate was soundly defeated by what you snowflakes called “the worst candidate in American presidential history.” What does that make Hillary?

        • SpiritofPearl

          You missed the part about Russian meddling in the election, didn’t you? And that Hillary got three million more votes . . Betcha watch Faux News exclusively.

          • Walt Longmire

            There is not one scintilla of evidence that the Russians did anything more than their usual muckraking and hacking of Hillary’s and Podesta’s email. That is child’s play, as the saying goes. But it does not amount to “meddling,” and until you have some evidence that the Russians were able to alter the count in the election, you need to keep your ill-informed mouth shut.

            You are still holding on to that “popular vote” number, aren’t you, snowflake? You did know, of course, that our system is about electoral votes, not the popular votes. The electoral college was genius, of course, preventing the concentration of one set of voters in the huge metro areas of our country from dominating out of pure numbers, and representing the views of a slight majority [it was not as big as you liberals claim] and discrediting the views of half the people who represent the greatest area of our nation, and not just the ghetto-ridden cities, with their violence, perversions, licensiousness and — did I mention perversions?

            I quit watching FOX when Bill left, as he was the only interesting person there. But there is Jesse Watters, so I return now and then to watch him. Most of my viewing, if any – I depend on other less known sources — is ABC, though they are one of the most biased outlets I have seen. But compared to the blatant and hateful CBS, ABC seems mild. Who can speak of CNN, which is surely the public relations division of the liberal gay Democrat party, what with all their homosexual spokespersons and all the rest of their extremely hateful commentators.

            Sadly, even what used to be neutral sources like AP have gone rogue and come out with a slant so far to the left that the news they report is necessasrily the most extreme leftist sort. So, today, it is difficult to find objective news sources. FOX, despite your constant drumbeat against them, still is one of the most fair and balanced ot the network news. [see what I did there? :-)]

            I usually, using the marvelous technology of the Internet, check news from England, Australia [very liberal], Israel [more consevative], RT [Russian TV; actually more conservative than you might think], Al Jazerra [extremely biased, but lets me know how the Muslims are feeling], Canada [mostly gay and extremely liberal], Japan, etc, etc, etc. Out of all those sources I can usually get enough truth that I can make up my own mind about what is happening in our world. US media for the most part are worthless for news.

            I also check local stories, like for instance today there was a story from Connecticut about how a nuclear power company there is trying to scam the system to extort subsides from the taxpayers. That is important to me since I live in Illinois where Exelon, the company that operates a number of nuclear power plants in the Midwest is extorting the state for about 3 billion over the next decade despite their profitability. So, I learn from local stories from around the nation to inform me of how such companies are moving to change their strategies for extorting the people.

            I will admit that I don’t use Texas Monthly for news. 🙂 I do learn, though, how the gays are thinking by reading it. 🙂 Plus, I am a former Texan and I love the state. I am planning a trip with my dear wife back to the West Texas area where we lived and where two of my children were born. As long as you avoid the people, the place is wonderful. Our trip is planned around hitting the top BBQ places rated in this latest issue. We are looking forward to being back in the desert again.

          • SpiritofPearl

            1) You seem to be preoccupied with sexuality and gay sex in general.

            2) You spend too much time getting news from TV. Turn off tv news for a month or two.

            Here’s a little tidbit about the Snowflake in Chief:

            http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/there-is-only-one-snowflake-kimmel-writer-hilariously-mocks-trump-after-he-blocked-her-on-twitter/

          • Walt Longmire

            My comment was about 1% about homosexuality, but you saw it as being “preoccupied.” Seems that the truth is that YOU are the one preoccupied with homosexual sex.

            The day I ask you for or take your advice about how to get news, that is the day I slit my throat.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Ditto. Adios, cowboy.

          • Larry Kilbury

            To Walt Longmire: I have enjoyed reading your comments and thank you for your time in doing a great service.

          • Walt Longmire

            Thanks, Larry. Don’t worry. Warring with the enemy of truth is what I am all about. Their threats and hatefulness is nothing to me.

        • vjmassey

          The left lost and they just can’t get over it.

      • Judy Pettit Ronshausen

        And as governor he is supposed to be a role model.

  • Anne Leader

    This type of rhetoric is exactly what emboldened Gianforte to slug Ben Jacobs, a reporter doing his job. Thank goodness Mr. Gianforte did not have a gun. I would hate to think of how things would have ended. Governor Abbot should apologize at once and remind Texans that a free press is constitutionally mandated.

    • Judy Pettit Ronshausen

      Absolutely

      • C U A R T I T O

        TM is a progressive publication. Thank goodness.

  • Walker Dollahon

    This is the most whiny, petulant peice of self-congratulatory nonsense ever. Is there an emoji for a huge eye roll?

  • Walker Dollahon

    The funny thing is that these journalists consider themselves to be the High Priests Of Truth – straight-down-the-middle fact-checkers with a noble and honored tradition vital to the functions of a healthy democracy. No really they do!! And that’s why they’re so fun to poke fun at.

  • C U A R T I T O

    TM is a progressive publication. Thank goodness.

    • don76550

      So is Pravda

      • C U A R T I T O

        TM = Pravda (a Communist publication)?!

        I’m not even going to comment on your ridiculous assertion. don76550, you’ve done a fine job of characterizing your views all by yourself. Viva TM!

  • Jeff Veazey

    Hey, here’s a joke for Governor Abbott! Too bad it wasn’t a bigger tree! ha ha, just kidding!

  • Jed

    Now we have reps threatening to shoot each other.

    Are they joking, too? Nobody is laughing …

    • SpiritofPearl

      Made the national news . . .

  • TNoebel

    But it was OK for Ben Jacobs to tweet about wanting to punch a 16 year old at CPAC? Interesting.

  • BarksintheCountry

    Well, well, the PR department of the Democrat party is concerned its unfettered ability to attack and attack those it disagrees with may be a laughing matter to those being attacked. Go, Gov, go.

  • Bethany Brandon

    “New York City?! … Get a rope!” <– Now THAT'S funny!
    Journalists, used car dealers, lawyers : you ALL deserve derogatory jokes made at your expense. Mimi, grow the f*k up. You know better, and using this joke as a platform is weak, woman — WEAK! If you can't stand the blow-back, get the hell out of the storm. It was a joke, and you know it. You're just trying to turn it into something more.
    I too have had a successful career in journalism, but moved out of the so-called "public news reporting" early on, when I found the SPIN made me nauseated. (For me, personal integrity means more than a paycheck.) I think you enjoy the spinning — but this little effort is so weak, it's embarrassing.

  • Fr. Tim Nolt

    Thank you for a very polite plea for true civil discourse. And thank you for what you do as a journalist.

  • enp1955

    It seems to me that many are missing the point being made here. It is not about any direct threat of Abbott shooting this journalist or any other. It is about politicians and public figures that seem to enjoy fanning the flames, even in jest. And if anyone believes that there are no flames to be fanned, just look at what has happened in the last week in Oregon, England, Austin, and Montana. Everywhere you turn, there is someone more than willing to take it too far, to hurt others, and to act on what they have read, heard, or been told. Great leaders would be working to tamp down the emotional fervor, not incite the fringe. Encouraging violence against others is never funny, but in our heavily charged culture of the moment, it is particularly inappropriate.

    To those that claim “free speech” in defense of Abbott, I would point out that with every great right comes great responsibility in the exercise of that right. Abbott has the right, but seems to be lacking in the responsibility.

    • Walt Longmire

      Spoken like a true liberal snowflake.

      • enp1955

        OK, Walt, I give. Which part makes me a liberal? Is it calling for some sense of responsibility? Is it the call for reasoned leadership? Or is it the dislike of the growing violence of our society? Should I assume that the opposite of these characteristics are conservative?

        For the record, I’m actually pretty conservative. I just happen to believe in reason over emotion, serious leadership over cheap humor, and responsibility to accompany freedom.

        • SpiritofPearl

          Well said. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum lately.

          • vjmassey

            Yep.

        • Walt Longmire

          Sense of responsibility? No, that sounds nice to interpret what you said, but in fact you were fomenting the very violence you seem to be compaining about! Here is a product of your liberal work:

          http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/29/students-furious-over-release-of-video-depicting-them-going-berserk-at-college/

          There were other outbreaks of similar nature across the country, it seems, some on the East Coast and some on the West Coast. Seems the liberals, complaining about some off-hand joke, are actively fomenting threats and actual acts of violence on college campuses all over our land.

          I just don’t believe you are being irenic and thoughful. I think you are trying to paint over the real violence of the left in our country. Do you object to Griffin’s horrid insult to our president? I serious doubt you will, but will call it “free speech,” for “free speech” only applies to liberal Democrats.

          You claim to be “pretty conservative.” That is interesting because I call myself a “traditional liberal,” one of the sort that long ago lead the civil rights movement, the labor movement, public education, equal pay for women, etc, etc, etc — except for the two litmus tests of todays liberal Democrat party, approval and promotion of homosexuality and the enlarging and vigorous promotion of abortion of fetuses. Tradiional liberal Democrats would turn over in their graves if they were to know that today to be a good Democrat you must swear allegience to homosexuality and abortion of babies.

          Here on my computer I have a sort of rating test for myself and for those who ask about my political leanings. On that list I have 36 items of policy and political issues in current politics in the US. Those who take the test/rating scale rate those 36 issues along a line of Conservative, Moderate, Liberal.

          Of the 36, I am Liberal on 33, Moderate on 1, and Conservative on two, homosexuality and abortion. The Moderate one is the death penalty, for I still believe it to be a proper punishment for capital crimes. But I am not confident on the fairness of the application of that penalty, but my position is that the process should be made more sure so that those we do execute are guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.

          But 33 out of 36 Liberal rating will not allow me to be a Democrat, for all Democrats must subscribe and swear on a Bible that they believe in abortion and homosexuality. One of the party leaders, I think that black panther leader or someone like that, made it explicit that the felt that no one should be allowed to be in the party if they don’t accept open abortion. That leaves this liberal out.

          So, if you are a closet conservative [I don’t beleive that yet], then I am not even a closet liberal, but one that calls himself a “traditional” liberal.

          • enp1955

            Walt, I’m not in favor of anyone promoting violence, in jest or seriousness, from the left or the right. There’s a heck of a lot of us on this planet, and one way or the other we need to live together. I find Griffin’s insult to be highly inappropriate, and I find Abbott’s joke to be inappropriate. Both were wrong – period. That’s the whole “responsibility” idea. The constitution guarantees free speech, but not that it be free of consequences. I don’t see this as a liberal vs. conservative issue, I see it as an issue of decent human behavior. And that seems to be on the decline everywhere. Today we have the president of the Philippines “joking” that his troops are only allowed to rape three women! And this morning we have that idiot in Portland ranting about being happy he killed people, and yelling “live free or die”. Ironic, as he will likely never be free again, and he’s likely to die in prison. As to liberal vs. conservative, there’s no point in going issue-by-issue. I’m sure I’m seen as liberal on some, conservative on the other, and all based on the perspective of whomever is judging. All of that is irrelevant to this subject.

          • vjmassey

            Violence is never good. But when I see Journalists supporting hate groups like Black Lives Matters? Where is the fairness?

        • vjmassey

          And were you calling for the arrest of the protestors at Berkeley who attacked Trump supporters?

      • vjmassey

        Spot on.

    • vjmassey

      So a Liberal Journalist attacks someone and it shouldn’t be responded to?

  • I’m feeling surprise .

    • vjmassey

      I’m not.

      • Why

        • vjmassey

          Because Politicians ( some ) are fighting back. Why can the media post hit piece stories or cartoons that are personal attacks? So it’s only natural that some politicians are playing their game.

  • vjmassey

    Journalists need to understand that when you attack people, they eventually will fight back.

  • don76550

    Dear Gov Abbott. I liked your joke about journalists and pay no attention to the whining liberal lying buttwipes of the Texas Monthly.