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Twitter politics: Greg Abbott vs. Wendy Davis, called 'Retard Barbie'

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On Monday August 19, 2013, The Texas Tribune quoted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott urging outraged Wendy Davis supporters to "stay positive." In Abbott's Twitter feed, he had posted, "FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don't endorse anyone's offensive language. Stay positive."

Abbott's tweet was in response to a string of tweets @GregAbbott because he had thanked a supporter who had tweeted: @GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in Gov race - run Wendy run! Retard Barbie to learn life lesson." .

"Thanks for your support," Abbott tweeted in return.

Whether the original "thank you," tweet that set off the flurry of demands that Abbot apologize for insulting the disabled community was made by Abbott personally or by an employee, the thread prompted the following official Democratic statements:

  • "These disgusting attacks against Wendy Davis have no place in the political discourse and they say a lot more about the Republican men launching them than her. Clearly, they know that Wendy Davis offers the kind of real change that Texas voters want and are scared to death of her because of it." Democratic Governors' Association
  • “That Greg Abbott would thank a supporter for calling Senator Wendy Davis a ‘Retard Barbie’ is absolutely disgusting and disturbing." The Texas Democratic Party

Wendy Davis, not to be confused with infamous blonde Democrat Kristin Davis, is currently the Texas Democratic Party's darling. Following her filibuster of a controversial abortion bill last June which garnished national attention, she became an overnight sensation. Once present long-time Governor Rick Perry announced he will not run again, increasing calls have been made for Davis, now considered the "Texas Poster Girl" for pro-abortion rights, to launch a bid for the Texas governorship.

Davis is remaining coy about whether she will or won't toss her high heels into the ring of candidates who will be up against the full power and finances of Greg Abbott for the job. If this train of Twitter responses is a persuasive predictor, a race between Abbott and Davis might get ugly quick, especially on the social engines.

Liberals aren't by themselves when it comes to defending the disabled nor are Republicans the only ones to cross the line. President Obama's ill-received quip about bowling, "I bowled a 129," he told Leno,"It's like the Special Olympics or something," was considered about as funny as a dead baby joke. A major uproar from both sides of the partisan divide followed that remark.

Sarah Palin was quick to remind everyone of hypocrisy over an incident with Rahm Emmanuel, pointing out,"Curiously, the same criers over this issue didn’t utter a word when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel called a group protesting the Obama Administration’s actions, “f***ing retards.”

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