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Texas Gov. Abbott’s plea for Trump’s freedom goes horribly wrong and turns into public relations disaster

Soon after President Biden took over the White House office, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott started to get more attention, mostly due to the launch of Operation Lone Star, a set of controversial measures aimed at curbing illegal immigration. Years later, Gov. Abbott has become one of the most prominent Republicans, enjoying huge support among Texans as well as a huge critique of Biden and the federal government. Many people even see Abbott as the best option and someone who should be considered as a potential Trump’s running mate.

Criticizing the federal government

The crisis resulting from illegal immigration and the federal government’s insufficient measures severely damaged the relationship between Abbott and the White House. The Texas leadership is in constant conflict with the federal government regarding measures aimed at securing the border, which has resulted in several lawsuits over the past few years. Despite the huge opposition from Democrats, Abbott remained determined to secure the Texas border with Mexico gaining national attention like no other governor in recent years.

An important figure

The culmination of Abbott’s exposure to the American public happened when he first started to transport migrants to Democratic-led cities across the nation. In just a few months, Abbott’s commitment to relieve the pressure from the daily influx of thousands of migrants paid off. Most impacted south Texas cities almost immediately benefited from the development, while the sanctuary cities that received thousands of migrants started to feel the pressure of the illegal immigrants on their own. Communities with a large number of migrants gain more power, and they put a lot of pressure on local authorities to meet the many requests they have.

The political perspective

Abbott has emerged as a significant figure in politics. In March, House Speaker Mike Johnson met with Governor Abbott in Texas to discuss the immigration issues. During their conversation, Abbott urged Johnson to revive a border bill that had previously been rejected by Republican House members. This bill aimed to allocate additional funds for border security personnel which would have helped Texas but was blocked following former President Trump’s influence in February. Initially, Abbott’s move appeared to challenge Trump, but recently, the governor has demonstrated his support for Trump during challenging times for the ex-president.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has slammed Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York for hush-money payments, labeling it a "kangaroo court."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Courtesy of Greg Abbott X official

Support for Trump

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has slammed Donald Trump’s criminal trial, branding it a “kangaroo court.”

“Free this man from the Kangaroo Court & allow him to return full-time to the campaign trail,” Abbott, a Republican and Trump ally, wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “Let voters decide, not a leftist ideologue judge doling out partisan decisions. He will secure the border, slash inflation, end wars, restore peace on campuses & lock up criminals.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is facing four criminal cases as he seeks to win back the White House in November. He has repeatedly characterized the cases as politically motivated and timed to take him off the campaign trail. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied wrongdoing.

The backlash

Abbott’s updates on X, particularly those about illegal immigration and actions under Operation Lone Star, have caught the attention of many Americans. This time, attacks on Abbott after the public support for Trump intensified significantly.

“No, I would rather let a jury decide if he is guilty of crimes or not. Just because he is a politician running for office doesn’t make him above the law. You might want to remember that…,” one user commented.

“He broke the law. He must stand trial. Simple to understand. I thought Texas was all about Law and Order?,” another user commented.

“Greg Abbott . . . A Traitor to the Constitution…,” @dancofran wrote.

Peggy Gabour (@peggy_gabour) said: “The party of law and order doesn’t like law and order when it pertains to them.”

“Soft on crime Abbott.” @Docziggy commented.

Public relations disaster

Supporting Trump during his New York trial appears vital for the former president. However, Abbott’s media team did not anticipate the backlash from followers and other users. These online conflicts indicate that the idea of Donald Trump possibly running again has stirred strong reactions among Americans.

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