Texas AG: Democrats More Threatening Than North Korean Nukes

It appears that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is making a bid for attention in wingnut circles. And how do you get such attention? By ratcheting the crazy rhetoric up to 11 and saying batshit things. Speaking to a Republican group, he said that a group of Democrats seeking to make Texas a battleground state politically is more dangerous than North Korea:

Abbott also weighed in on Battleground Texas, a group formed by veterans of Obama’s presidential campaigns hoping to make Democrats more competitive in Texas, where the party hasn’t won a statewide election in nearly two decades.

“One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new 
assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons,” Abbott said. “The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.”

He also ranted about the UN’s passage of a treaty to stop major arms trafficking overseas, saying he would sue Obama over it (which would be thrown out in about 8 seconds). I’d say Abbott has a bright future in Republican politics. He’s got the paranoid style identified so perfectly by Richard Hofstadter down pat.

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  • Johnny Vector

    Well of course he’s right. This is North Korea we’re talking about after all; linoleum is more dangerous.

  • raven

    He left out the Space Reptiles, the Illuminati and many other of the usual suspects. This AG should go to the Glenn Beck/Alex Jones school for wackos before spouting off.

    He does sort of have a point though.

    1. Texas is now a majority nonwhite state. Yes, “those people” are now a majority. The racist Tea Party can’t be happy about that.

    2. Texas voted for Obama at 40%. It’s not impossible that this percentage will climb in the coming years. Especially if they keep oppressing women, gays, nonwhites, and immigrants. The GOP is the party of old, rich, white men. Old white men are well on their way to being dead white men, due to simple biology.

    Demographics, history, and karma aren’t on their side.

  • To be fair, as long as you conflate “the State of Texas” with “the political interests of the state Republican Party” then he’s actually correct.

  • chilidog99

    Given the fact that the recent explosion in West, TX may be the result of lax regulatory enforcement, I would argue that it is the other way around.

  • Doug Little

    Well this is good news, he obviously thinks that the Democrats have a chance or he wouldn’t be ratcheting up the Fear’O’Matic 5000™

  • Trebuchet


    Well of course he’s right. This is North Korea we’re talking about after all; linoleum is more dangerous.

    Dude, seriously? NK will not last long if it starts a war but many thousands of people will die. It’s the crazy guy with a stash of guns on the world scene.

  • David C Brayton

    Glad to know that the Texas AG will pursue justice under the law in a fair and equal manner for all Texans, including those that disagree with him.

  • raven

    The Texas AG hasn’t thought it through. They never do.

    His real enemies are legion. They are people who want to live in a just, fair, egalitarian, and functional society. Sometimes known as…normal people.

  • rabbitscribe

    #7 David: I know, right? Remember when Attorneys General were law enforcement officers?

  • magistramarla

    We’ll be moving back to Texas next month, not by our choice, but my the choice of the military job.

    As soon as the hubby’s pay goes back up when the furlough is over, I must remember to donate to Battleground Texas. We’ll certainly be voting to help turn Texas blue, at least until we can get out of there again.

  • noastronomer

    I can see their point, really. NK nuclear weapons would only have a marginal effect on *Texas*, if any. Whereas Battleground Texas might actually upset the status quo, and we can’t have that.


  • Nentuaby

    To be honest, I’ll give him his basic premise. Misrule of the sole current global superpower IS a greater threat to world stability than NK’s military capacity, and Texas is influential enough of our nation to extend that to. I only disagree with him on the question of who’s the threat…

  • Johnny Vector

    NK will not last long if it starts a war but many thousands of people will die.

    And none of them will be in Austin, Texas.

  • dan4

    I know I’m going to get heat for this, but could it possibly be that Abbott was making a rather offensive and idiotic attempt at comic hyperbole, rather than a dead serious comparison?

  • dan4

    @14: Uh, “claim,” not “comparison.”