August 6, 2022

The Dallas Morning News did some digging into Texas Gov. Abbott’s campaign fundraiser in Huntsville, Texas, just a few hours after the horrific school shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers:

But the governor didn’t touch down and quickly depart, as he implied, after news outlets reported he’d gone ahead with the May 24 fundraiser at a private home in East Texas. Some expected Abbott to instead rush to the South Texas town where residents awaited news about unaccounted-for relatives.

The following day, Abbott said the stop in Huntsville was to “let people know that I could not stay, that I needed to go” to Austin to continue working with law enforcement on the response to the 21 killings at Robb Elementary School.

Newly obtained campaign finance reports and flight-tracking records show that Abbott, using northeast Texas rancher-businessman Ricky Baker’s loaned jet, arrived in Huntsville at 4:52 p.m. on May 24. He was driven about two miles to a local supporter’s house and didn’t depart the city until 7:47 p.m.

This is just the latest example of Abbott’s uncaring and negligent response to the Uvalde tragedy. He falsely said that the police had shown “amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives.” He also called for legislative committees, not a special legislative session, to make recommendations. But he also insisted that none of the laws he signed loosening restrictions on guns “had any intersection with this crime at all.”

Now we know what he really cared about that terrible day.

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