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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pays a visit to Beaumont – Beaumont Enterprise


Texas Governor Gregory Abbott talked campaign priorities and the stakes of the upcoming election in Beaumont Monday afternoon, energizing supporters with discussion of border policies, Critical Race Theory, abortion and other issues relevant to Texas voters.

Abbott told Golden Triangle Republican Women’s Club luncheon attendees that he believes that winning the governorship will be easier than before because of the vast differences between party platforms.

“They used to be Democrats, and then they were liberals, and then they were progressives, and now they are who they tell you they are,” Abbott said in the MCM Elegante’s Ballroom. “We are running against socialists who are trying to redesign the United States of America and destroy the fundamental underpinnings of what made this country great from the very beginning.”

During his speech, Abbott covered several major issues facing not only the state of Texas, but also the entire nation. He commented on a wide swath of politicians, including gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who also will visit Beaumont this week.

Abbott called the Democrats’ border policy “complete lawlessness and chaos,” and lamented the number of people who have come to America from hundreds of countries under the Biden administration.

He noted that popular state senators Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, and Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, would help Abbott secure the border and likened Creighton to Brandon Brown, the NASCAR racer whose name has become a popular national euphemism for insulting President Joe Biden.

“Let’s Go Brandon!” Abbott said, setting off a wave identical chanting around the room.

In fact, the three already have worked together on border security. With the senators’ help, Abbott secured $3 million in taxpayer funding, he said, to build a wall at the border that the federal government wouldn’t build.

“As we’re having lunch here today, know that there are 10,000 National Guard and Department of Public Safety officers on the border and they’re putting up these massive containers that you see on these massive ships crossing the ocean,” Abbott said. “And on the other side of these massive containers that are on the border is razor wire that is used in battlefields to prevent soldiers from crossing the battlefield – we’re using it to prevent people from coming into the United States illegally.”

At the same time, the state has launched a new program that opened up thousands of jail beds to arrest anyone who illegally crosses the border. And the “Remain In Mexico” policy, which was instated by the Trump administration, overturned by the Biden administration and reinstated by the Supreme Court, begins this week, Abbott said, which garnered another round of applause.

He also discussed critical race theory, which he said “seeks to criticize and condemn the history of the greatest country in the history of the world for the way that we founded our country and the way that we elevated our country.” The theory, however, is more than four decades old and it’s unclear to what degree the concept is taught outside of a college setting. Even still, he said the teaching “pits races against each other” and announced that Texas has the strongest laws in the nation against the teaching in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Abbott also promised no vaccine mandates if he wins reelection, and he guaranteed Jefferson County the right to keep and bear arms.

“There’s something else, and it’s something that involves life itself, that’s at stake in this election,” Abbott said, specifically expressing issues with positions O’Rourke previously has taken on the subject.

“Because we see evil like that in Texas, that is exactly why I signed a law to protect the life of every child with a heartbeat,” he added.

At that, Abbott got a standing ovation.

Abbott also pledged support for law enforcement and said that he would take steps to ensure election security in Texas.

Before swearing in the new leadership of GTRW, Abbott cautioned listeners against people in the country who “don’t like America the way that it is.”

“They want to redesign the United States of America into their image, into their re-imaginations of the socialistic ideas they want to achieve, and they want to destroy America and they despise Texas,” Abbott said. “Let me tell you something, we will not let them win. We will beat them.”

rachel.kersey@beaumontenterprise.com

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