Donald Trump and Greg Abbott held a political rally at the border today, and there were many law enforcement and border enforcement troops and agents in attendance. Governor Abbott endorsed Donald Trump for President. Above is a picture from the event.
Houston Mayoral candidate John Whitmire wants to invite 200 Texas DPS troops under Greg Abbott's command to police Houston. In this political climate with our Governor backing an authoritarian for President, these troops would likely serve as deportation squads in Houston communities and enforcers of Donald Trump's intended use of the Insurrection Act if he returns to the White House.
(Houston municipal Democrats who have accepted law enforcement union endorsements, must ask those unions to step back from support of election deniers. There is no public safety without democracy.)
Democratic State Rep. Armando Walle of Houston tweeted out today that the law enforcement officers were being used as props for the rally. He said Trump and Abbott were "....using all of our law enforcement state resources for a campaign event."
Maybe some of those troops felt used. Plenty were certainly fine to be there. You can hear in Rep. Walle's comments the arguments being made in advance from elected officials to justify looking the other way at attacks on democracy.
We must advocate for ourselves in the challenging days ahead and demand that our elected officials see threats to our freedom for what they really are.
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I'm Neil Aquino