Greg Abbott Responds to Wendy Davis Backers Attacking His Disability

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 24, 2014   |   12:37PM   |   Austin, TX

Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is responding to the vicious attacks on him from supporters of Wendy Davis, who make fun of the pro-life candidate because he is in a wheelchair as a result of a tragic accident that left him paralyzed.

GregAbbott3As LifeNews reported, Davis backers were caught on tape mocking Abbott’s disability.

“I really wonder how this is going to work out since he’s in a wheelchair since and most of the slogans are ‘Stand with Wendy,” one Davis backer is shown saying in the video.

“First of all he’s not good looking, he doesn’t speak very well, he doesn’t have a good personality and he’s in a wheelchair,” another woman is heard saying as someone laughs loudly at her comment.

Last night Abbott made an appearance on Fox News’ to respond to the attacks saying, “Denigrating the disabled is unworthy of Texas.”

Conservative activist James O’Keefe released the video Thursday:

While investigating Obamacare Navigators, Battleground Texas, and their connection to Obama’s Organizing for America, we caught some deeply offensive comments on tape.

It seems Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis’ strategy to win the Governor’s seat is to mock Attorney General Abbott’s disability. We caught Davis supporters and Battleground Texas staff on tape making crude statement such as “isn’t that amazing to think of? He’s in a wheelchair and we want to stand with Wendy?

Even more disturbing was an election official who when asked about forging signatures covered her ears and then went on to admit, “People do that all the time.” A Battleground Texas volunteer then added, “I don’t think it’s legal but I didn’t hear you say that.”

Davis has responded to the video, calling it “abhorrent:”

“Greg Abbott has persevered through great personal challenge to raise a family, have a productive career, and for that he deserves our respect,” she said.

At age 26, Abbott was struck by a falling oak tree that injured his back as he jogged by. He has used a wheelchair ever since and has become an eloquent pro-life advocate — speaking up for both the disabled and the unborn.



The accident serves as a reminder that regardless of someone’s circumstances, he or she deserves a chance at life, Abbott has said.

“As I laid there motionless on the ground, gripped with pain, as helpless as a child in the womb, I knew my life had changed forever,” he said at the National Right to Life convention in June. “Some people think it’s easy to write off the lives of the disabled or the different. But every day, God reminds us that all life has value, no matter the form.”