Former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary Rick Perry sounded a whole lot like Trump and his “poisoning the blood” remarks during an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity this Friday. Right wingers are up in arms over the recent ruling by the Supreme Court on the border, and are now openly encouraging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to defy SCOTUS:
A growing number of Republicans are encouraging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to flout a Supreme Court ruling that allows the Biden administration to remove razor wire installed by the Texas National Guard along the border to deter migrants.
Abbott’s administration has placed the wire along the border as part of Operation Lone Star, the governor’s cruel anti-immigration initiative. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration in holding that the federal government can remove the wire.
In response, Abbott posted a defiant statement online, repeating Texas’ bogus argument that immigration under the Biden administration constitutes an “invasion” that essentially allows Texas to establish its own immigration laws. “That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary,” Abbott claimed. He later shared a post saying the Texas National Guard would “hold the line.”
Offering their public support for Abbott’s adversarial position are several Republican governors, including Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin, Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt. And a handful of congressional Republicans have endorsed Abbott’s defiance, as well. That includes House Speaker Mike Johnson, Texas Rep. Chip Roy and Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins, who claimed “the feds are staging a civil war, and Texas should stand their ground.”
Hannity asked Perry about Abbott’s defiance of the court, and Perry used the occasion to parrot Trump’s Nazi rhetoric:
RICK PERRY (GUEST): Never before have we seen evidence of people who have harm on their minds to do to Americans freely coming into this country. And the shocking part about this, Sean, is that you have a president and administration that seems to be helping them right along. We want to go cut the border wire and let these people freely come in and dilute this country. I am stunned that Americans are not just up in arms, literally, with what is going on and sending a clear message.
So much for their ridiculous claim that they’re the party of law and order.