In a bizarre video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Republican Gov. of Texas Greg Abbott falsely claimed that the free speech social media website Gab was “an anti-Semitic platform” that had “no place in it. Texas ”, immediately drawing mockery online for its inaccuracy. statements.
In the video, Abbott is seen seated in his wheelchair, flanked by the American and Texan flags, with the Israeli flag playing a leading role centered directly behind him.
“Anti-Semitic platforms like Gab have no place in Texas and certainly don’t represent Texas values,” Abbott said. The governor then posted an anonymous law created by Republican Texas representatives Phil King and Craig Goldman, which he proudly proclaims to fight “anti-Semitism in Texas.”
Abbott’s tweet was quickly refuted and evaluated by Gab’s official Twitter account.
“Gab is not an ‘anti-Semitic’ platform. We protect the political discourse of all Americans, no matter what their point of view, because in this age of cancellation culture, no one else will. This means that unpopular views can be found on the site, ”Gab’s official account posted in response to Abbott’s tweet.
Gab followed up with another tweet that clearly reported Abbott, stating, “The enemies of freedom smear all of us in the book because they hate America and they hate free speech. It’s a shame to see a GOP politician fall into this trap as conservative values are constantly under attack across the country.
Andrew Torba, Gab’s CEO, reiterated these statements on his personal Gab account, again receiving many more likes than the governor did in his tweet.
National File has contacted Abbott’s press office to find out how Abbott has determined that Gab, founded by a self-proclaimed Christian who openly discusses his faith, is anti-Semitic. We did not receive an immediate response.
This story is in development and may be updated as more information becomes available.
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