Texas Governor Greg Abbott isn’t a complicated man. He’s just your garden variety sexist Republican lawmaker who has gone mad with power and decided that he has the power, and the right, to say what millions of women he neither knows nor cares about do with their bodies. But who knew he was such a fan or irony?
Less than a month after testing positive for COVID-19 while in the midst of banning mask mandates… which would help ensure that more people don’t test positive for COVID-19, the wily governor is showing his ironic side yet again. On Thursday evening, he made it known that he is no fan of President Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandates, and even went so far as to argue that the rules the prez has set forth violate Texans’—gulp!—“right to choose.”
Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses.
I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda.
Texas is already working to halt this power grab.https://t.co/TwoQMhDxoM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 9, 2021
That’s right: Abbott, the man behind Texas’ controversial abortion ban, which goes against federal law and a landmark Supreme Court decision that was made nearly half-a-century ago that ensures women the right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, is complaining about Biden taking away people’s right to choose… It didn’t take long for people to start piling on.
First up was Minnesota rep. Ilhan Omar, who just flat-out dubbed him a hypocrite:
Don’t pretend like you believe in the right to choose, you hypocrite. https://t.co/csyYuQk4W5
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 9, 2021
Others were simply stunned that “The man who would force teens to have a kid from rape has the nerve to say RIGHT TO CHOOSE.”
Greg Abbott: “I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the vaccine”
The man who would force teens to have a kid from rape has the nerve to say RIGHT TO CHOOSE
You & your theocracy can F right off @GovAbbott. Jesus would be ashamed of you
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) September 10, 2021
Paul Begala, former counsel to President Bill Clinton, trolled Abbott with the idea of “my body, my choice.”
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) September 10, 2021
Still, others were more dumbfounded by Abbott’s “power grab” accusations.
Here are the current vaccinations REQUIRED BY MANDATE for every single student attending school in Texas.
Was this a "power grab" too? pic.twitter.com/9UkbL30ORh
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 9, 2021
Greg Abbott accusing anyone else of a power grab is the shot of irony I needed today. https://t.co/yEF8Gs223g
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) September 10, 2021
Many acknowledged that Abbott’s statement marked the official time of death of irony.
Greg Abbott livestreamed his signing of a flagrantly unconstitutional and preempted social media "censorship" bill on Facebook.
Irony is dead. Long live irony. https://t.co/uxbSr74WfG
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) September 9, 2021
And as for actor/activist Patricia Arquette? She thinks that instead of filing executive orders to exempt his state from the president’s vaccine mandates, Abbott should be more worried about the state’s many untested rape kits so that he can actually make good on his ridiculous promise to “eliminate” rape from the state.
Why don’t you chose to process the rest of the thousands of untested rape kits you got laying around. With the DNA of rapists so the police can get arrested by the police!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 10, 2021