During an interview Tuesday with Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis about her shameless crippled-Abbott-hates-cripples ad, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell seemed to suggest that Greg Abbott might not really be disabled, referencing at one point his “supposed disability.”
Davis' "Justice" ad released last week highlighted Abbott's own crippling accident in order to portray him as a man who hypocritically received care for himself but denied it others. "A tree fell on Greg Abbot," says the ad as the camera focuses on an empty wheelchair. "He sued and got millions. Since then, he spent his career working against other victims."
In the interview Tuesday Mitchell gave Davis several opportunities to walk back the tasteless ad. Davis, however, refused to swing away at the softballs Mitchell lobbed her way, doubling and tripling down on the “fair and important” ad.
Perhaps worse, though, was one of Mitchell’s statements, which drew on the empty wheelchair image and suggested that Abbott wasn’t really disabled at all:
Mitchell: Could you have gone after what you see as his hypocrisy by pointing out what he did in that rape case, what he did in these other cases, without the stark image of the empty wheelchair, which seemed to be trying to point people towards his own supposed disability?
So far no apology for or even acknowledgment of the gaff by Mitchell.
Video via TheDC.