By Rian Nelson
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has endorsed former president Donald Trump. At a rally held near the U.S. and Mexican border in Edinburg, Texas, Gov. Abbott said, “We need Donald J. Trump back as our president of the United States of America.” Texas is not expected to be a battleground state. However, Governor Abbott has emerged as one of the most popular members of the Republican party.
During the Texas speech, President Trump attacked President Biden for only visiting the border once during his presidency and being too weak on immigration. Trump’s violent rhetoric around immigration has increased in recent months. During an interview in October, he echoed the sentiments of White Nationalists, saying immigrants were “ poisoning the blood of our country.” At a rally in Florida two weeks ago, he compared immigrants to Hannibal Lecter, the famed fictional serial killer.
If elected, Trump promised an expansion of the hard-line immigration policies that became a hallmark of his first term. The plans include a mass deportation of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and a reinstatement of his “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required immigrants to wait in Mexico for their U.S. immigration court hearings.