The chairman of the Texas Republican Party joined a protest exterior Gov. Greg Abbott’s house 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 significant lifting of restrictions that may take impact subsequent week.
Allen West, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, joined the “Free Texas” protest exterior of the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, with West demanding that Abbott reopen the entire Texas financial system with “no exceptions, no delays.”
He was joined by a crowd of lots of, with few masks in sight, in line with the Texas Tribune, that included different distinguished Republicans within the state, and in a while by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who spoke on prime of a automotive and advised protesters he supported them.
Abbott introduced this week he’d permit 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 through the protest, since he attended the annual Texas-Oklahoma “Red River Rivalry” soccer sport in Dallas.
“Quite frankly, governor, your cure is worse than the disease,” mentioned 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 mentioned he regretted. Covid would shortly unfold over the early a part of the summer time in Texas, resulting in Abbott placing new restrictions in place, to the ire of many conservatives. One of these 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 Party of Texas itself, which sued the governor over his growth of dates for early voting.
Abbott has lately began championing causes which have robust help amongst conservatives, like calling out the 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.
four.four. That’s the present proportion level lead President Donald Trump holds in Texas over Democrat Joe Biden, in line with the most recent 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.
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