This Twitter storm regarding the comments of TEXAS Gov. Gregg Abbott as per the Chron article below is not exactly accurate.
Abbott is trying to condone his non-lawyer Judge Oakley comments and play down the racism and sexism that’s rife in his State of Texas governmental departments, which Laws In Texas has been tweeting about a lot recently @lawsintexasusa
You can check the statements of Oakley, wherein he also tried to reference the Picante ad. But Oakley’s comments included a tree and a rope….
Basically Abbott thought he could make the same statement and somehow his version would be considered “a joke”. But he quickly learned that it is not a joke, it is racist and totally unacceptable in the modern-day era.
The fact that Abbott even attempted this shows he is willing to go to any lengths to cover up for his racist govermental and judicial employees. If the CEO of a Fortune 100 said that, he’d be sacked.
Gov. Gregg Abbott should resign.
Whataburger debacle lands Gov. Greg Abbott in hot water for using controversial line from old Pace ad: ‘Get a rope’
Published; Dec. 14, 2019
Gov. Greg Abbott revived a debate Saturday about a controversial line from a decades-old Pace Picante ad: “Get a rope.”
Abbott tweeted the reference after a follower jokingly asked him what he was going to do about a Whataburger that had run out of Dr Pepper.
One minute later, another Twitter user accused the governor of making an insensitive joke about lynching.
“Lynching jokes? Still? It’s 2019, Greg,” Gary M. Sarli tweeted. The governor responded by telling him to “lighten up, dude.”
“It’s a line ripped off of the Pace Picante Get A Rope Commercial,” Abbott wrote with a link to the old advertisement. “Put a smile on your face. Go to Whataburger & order a double with cheese & jalapeños. Tell them Dr. Pepper sent you.”
Sarli said he remembered the ad too, but it doesn’t justify using the remark.
“It’s not OK,” he replied. “Lynching jokes are making light of the mass murder of Black folks by lynch mobs. It’s not OK to joke about this.”
The Pace commercial shows a few men around a fire chiding someone for offering a jar of salsa from New York City, instead of the San Antonio-based Pace Picante.
“Get a rope,” one man says at the end of the ad.
It’s not the first time a Texas official has been criticized for using the phrase. Just last month, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller drew fire for similarly deploying the line.
He included it in a Facebook comment about the Sons of Confederate Veterans being denied entry to a Veterans Day Parade in Stephenville, Texas, unless they removed confederate flags from their uniforms and displays.
“Who told them to leave,” Miller wrote. “Get a rope.”
When it drew criticism and attention in news media, Miller said: “Good grief people, it’s a joke.”
Democrats called Miller “completely unhinged” for a similar controversy during his re-election campaign in 2018. In that instance, he posted a picture of opponent Kim Olson with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey as evidence that Olson was out of touch with a majority of Texans.
Miller then liked a comment in which a follower said: “Get a rope. Or just vote straight ticket Republican.”
Democrats pointed out that the photo featured Booker, who is African-American. A spokesman for Miller said then that the agriculture commissioner “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
Lighten up dude.
Put a smile on your face.
Go to @Whataburger & order a double with cheese & jalapeños.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 14, 2019