Texas Governor Faces Backlash Over Shooting Victim Remarks


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during his inauguration ceremony in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has come under fire for his controversial description of the victims in the recent mass shooting in Cleveland, Texas. Abbott offered a $50,000 reward for information about the fugitive, 38-year-old Francisco Oropesa, who allegedly gunned down five people Friday.

The governor referred to the victims, all from Honduras, as illegal immigrants in a tweet, a term widely seen as dehumanizing. Abbott’s office later issued a statement acknowledging that at least one of the victims may have been in the U.S. legally and expressed regret if the information was incorrect.

Critics, including “Star Trek” actor George Takei and celebrity chef José Andrés, have condemned Abbott’s comments, calling them despicable and urging him to show empathy.

Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez described Abbott’s remarks as a new low.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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