Abbott (After Fighting For Voter ID) Threatens UN Observers
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott “should be better informed,” said Daan Everts, an ambassador with the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.
That painful title belongs to a group that monitors elections around the world on behalf of the United Nations. Abbott threatened this week to arrest anyone with the group who tries to observe Texas elections.
The group already observed elections in San Antonio, where Jacquelyn Callanen, Bexar County’s elections administrator, said “things went smoothly.”
“For years here in Bexar County, we’ve been getting international delegations, and it’s wonderful. We learn more from them probably than they learn from us,” she told The Houston Chronicle.
No doubt Abbott is (knowingly) scoring major points with Texas’ right-wingers, who believe the UN is slowing working to make the world, and especially the United States, into a communist gulag.
When the group took offense at being threatened with criminal charges, Abbott tweeted “BRING IT.”
It’s all very ironic coming from the guy fighting for voter ID laws passed by the Republican-dominated Texas legislature last year and now in legal limbo after it was struck down by federal judges who said it would disproportionately affect minority and lower-income voters.
Abbott’s remarks also come in the wake of controversy over Tea Party-affiliated groups like True the Vote, a Houston-based organization that recruits and trains poll watchers to prevent voter fraud, but has been accused of showing up mostly at minority polling locations, especially in Houston, where Republicans have begun fighting desperately against the rising tide of Democrat-voting minorities that could eventually turn the county, and possibly the state, blue.
At least we’re safe from the UN.