Abbott’s lies and attacks on political foes mimics Trump’s erratic and divisive style
After two lackluster years, we pretty much know Greg Abbott’s pattern. On a day-to-day basis, Abbott is more passive and reactive than assertive. He chats up donors behind the scenes while using his Twitter feed to put out trite comments on noncontroversial issues along with an occasional “me too” comment on the actions of some other far right ideologue.
It turns out, Abbott’s follow-the-stronger-leader nature is very responsive to Donald Trump. Over just the last few weeks, Abbott has adopted Trump-like tactics. His recent comments and actions against locally-elected Texas officials, broken promises, and flat out lies on voter fraud are more an indication of his own insecurities than any real conviction on his part.
Abbott’s soft threat – while weak – does send a dangerous message that Texans shouldn’t ignore. Abbott is taking cues from President Trump – if he senses an advantage, he will abuse his office to bully and harass political opponents.
Abbott’s Trump crush is bad for Texas Greg Abbott’s passive aggressive nature and his tendency to lay low while Texans’ concerns simmer and worsen, is bad enough. Now, by picking up on Donald Trump’s reckless behavior and false bravado, he’s creating conflict where there was none and making Texans even more distrustful of their leadership.