It was a deadly weekend in the Lone Star State, and the always-insufferable Joe Scarborough wasted no time in blaming Texas Governor Greg Abbott for the bloodshed.
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, reportedly killing at least eight people and wounding seven more. The mainstream media pounced on the tragedy, spinning the narrative that the shooter had “white supremacist or neo-Nazi beliefs.”
The suspect turned out to be a Hispanic man, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, a security guard who reportedly didn’t have a “serious” criminal record, though he did have prior run-ins with the law.
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On Sunday, eight people were killed in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, when an SUV plowed into them at a bus stop outside of a migrant shelter. In addition to the deaths, nine people were injured, ABC News reports.
The male driver of the vehicle, a resident of Brownsville, was taken into custody, and the FBI is still working to determine if the crash was intentional or an accident.
Though the motive for the incident has yet to be determined, the American Civil Liberties Union released a statement in which it pointed its finger at “escalating anti-immigrant policy-making” in Texas.
“We grieve for the victims in Brownsville, Texas, who were run over outside a migrant shelter where people from around the world are seeking asylum and safety,” the statement read. “We understand the motive is still under investigation. This horrific event comes after weeks of escalating anti-immigrant policy-making by Texas politicians and while the Biden administration considers imposing a new asylum ban aimed at deterring, rather than welcoming, migrants seeking protection.”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough took a cue from the ACLU and blasted Abbott for labeling the victims as “illegal immigrants” and for not banning AR-15s.
The governor, Scarborough said, is too concerned with addressing the mental health crisis in America.
“There are mental health problems in Belgium,” he said. “There are mental health problems in Britain. You don’t think there are mental health problems in London? There aren’t shootings in London like there are in Texas, it seems like every day, every other day.”
Talking about mental health, he argued, is a distraction.
“Abbot will do anything but talk about the issue that is in front of him,” the host said. “The murders in Texas since 2014 by guns have skyrocketed and all this guy does is say, he wants more guns in the state of Texas.”
“It’s sick,” Scarborough said. “This is a sickness.”
Joe Scarborough on Greg Abbott and guns, "The murders in Texas since 2014 by guns have skyrocketed. All this guy does is say he wants more guns in the state of Texas. It's sick. This is a sickness." pic.twitter.com/mQukCZZf5Y
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“The U.S. has by far the highest child and teen firearm mortality rate among poor countries,” Scarborough said as co-host Mika Brzezinski groaned dramatically. “Our little children are being slaughtered. And Greg Abbott has nothing to say about it. He just wants to change the subject.”
“But after Greg Abbott cynically, cruelly looked at a rampage inside of a home where children, a child, and his mother and family were slaughtered by an AR-15 and, yes, an illegal immigrant, the question is how did he get that AR-15?” he continued, presumably referring to the recent shooting deaths of five people, including an eight-year-old boy in Cleveland, Texas, allegedly at the hands of Francisco Oropesa, 38.
Oropesa is an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times.
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“The governor cynically and cruelly focused on the immigration status of these poor people and that little boy that were slaughtered and called them illegal immigrants right off the top, just inhumane. But you wanted to focus on illegal immigrants,” Scarborough said.
Joe Scarborough: "There is a sickness in the state of Texas and that sickness starts at the very top with Greg Abbott, who refuses to protect little children…whether it's at school or church or shopping malls or even inside their own homes."
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 8, 2023
“So is it any surprise that we have migrants being run over with this sort of lack of leadership, the sort of cynicism, this sort of hatred in Texas?” he asked. “Is it any surprise that we have migrants? On Sunday morning, some of them probably going to church, getting run over while they’re waiting for a bus or that we have a neo-Nazi sympathizers, possible white supremacists going to malls to gun down other people.”
“There is a sickness in the state of Texas,” he insisted, “and that sickness starts at the very top with Greg Abbott, who refuses to protect little children in the state of Texas, whether it’s at school or whether it’s his church or whether it’s at shopping malls or even inside their own homes.”
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