It might be time for Greg Abbott to reevaluate what he thanks his supporters for. The current attorney general, who is in the running to be Texas’s next governor, recently replied with thanks to a tweet calling Texas Senator Wendy Davis a “Retard Barbie” who would be taught a “life lesson” if she ran against Greg Abbott for governor.
The #TGDN at the end stands for “Twitter Gulag Defense Network,” which was created by Twitter user Todd Kincannon to to protect conservative tweets from the “Twitter Gulag” — the term conservative Twitter users have given those that spam-flag their tweets. It seems that both Jeff Rutledge and Abbott were looking for such protection in their exchange.
Rutledge, whose Twitter bio describes him as a “publisher, debater and attorney” — his business’s site can be found here — is now engaged in an equally politically incorrect defense of himself against dozens of angry Twitter users condemning him for using the word “retard.”
In a subsequent tweet, he also cites harassment laws in Texas, threatening that his criticizers will “hear from law enforcement” if they continue. A tweet to Rutledge asking for a comment not been responded to at the time of this post.
Rutledge’s tweet was in reference to the buzz around a potential run for governor by Democrat Wendy Davis, who garnered national attention by filibustering a vote on a bill that would have significantly reduced access to abortions in Texas. While the bill passed in a subsequent special session, the filibuster brought national negative attention to the Republican Party in Texas, and pushed Davis’s popularity to an all-time high.
Calls to the offices of both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis have not been returned at the time of publication. Politically Inclined will update this post as calls and tweets are returned.
It seems we won’t be getting a response from Rutledge, who has not responded to my tweet but did post this:
— Jeff Rutledge (@jefflegal) August 18, 2013
Greg Abbott has responded to the buzz around the tweet via another tweet, saying:
FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don’t endorse anyone’s offensive language. Stay positive.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 18, 2013
No word, then, on why he chose to include the TGDN hashtag that would, ostensibly, call for protection from anyone that would seek to spam-flag Rutledge’s original tweet.