The chairman of the Texas Republican Social gathering joined a protest exterior Gov. Greg Abbott’s residence on Saturday, within the newest and most public instance of the falling out Abbott has had with conservatives over his coronavirus restrictions, even because the governor introduced a serious lifting of restrictions that can take impact subsequent week.
Allen West, the chairman of the Republican Social gathering of Texas, joined the “Free Texas” protest exterior of the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, with West demanding that Abbott reopen all the Texas financial system with “no exceptions, no delays.”
He was joined by a crowd of a whole lot, with few masks in sight, in keeping with the Texas Tribune, that included different outstanding Republicans within the state, and in a while by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who spoke on high of a automotive and informed protesters he supported them.
Abbott introduced this week he’d enable counties to reopen bars in areas the place Covid sufferers make up lower than 15% of hospital capability, ending months of bar closures that had resulted in one other lawsuit filed by the longtime head of the Harris County GOP.
It didn’t seem Abbott was current on the Governor’s Mansion throughout the protest, since he attended the annual Texas-Oklahoma “Crimson River Rivalry” soccer recreation in Dallas.
“Fairly frankly, governor, your treatment is worse than the illness,” stated Sid Miller, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, at Saturday’s protest.
Abbott had been a preferred governor earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, however his political standing has fallen amongst each Republicans and Democrats. After the preliminary U.S. coronavirus surge within the spring, Abbott was among the many most aggressive governors in reopening his state’s financial system, a transfer sharply criticized by Democrats and one Abbott later stated he regretted. Covid would rapidly unfold over the early a part of the summer season in Texas, resulting in Abbott placing new restrictions in place, to the ire of many conservatives. A kind of restrictions was closing down bars, which might begin reopening in components of Texas on Wednesday. Abbott can also be one of many few Republican governors to have enacted a statewide masks mandate. GOP lawmakers filed a lawsuit in August claiming Abbott had abused emergency powers, which was adopted with a lawsuit final month by the Republican Social gathering of Texas itself, which sued the governor over his enlargement of dates for early voting.
Abbott has not too long ago began championing causes which have sturdy assist amongst conservatives, like calling out town of Austin’s transfer to defund its police division, even threatening a possible state “takeover” of Austin police. He additionally restricted every county within the state to just one drop-off location for mail-in ballots, however a federal choose blocked that transfer in a ruling on Friday.
4.4. That’s the present proportion level lead President Donald Trump holds in Texas over Democrat Joe Biden, in keeping with the newest RealClearPolitics polling common. The race appears to be like to be the closest presidential contest the same old Republican stronghold has seen in many years.