Former President Barack Obama is flexing his muscles on Texas during the 2020 election cycle
According to Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard, Obama posted a list on Twitter of eight U.S. congressional candidates and 19 candidates for the Texas House that received his endorsement.
Obama’s endorsements come at a time when Democrats are targeting the Texas House, which appears to be in play this election cycle.
I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. If you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early—by mail or in person. https://t.co/PSm3Rf3wkF pic.twitter.com/7RXrJriBz8
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 3, 2020
Interestingly, MJ Hegar, who recently won the Democrat primary to go toe to toe with U.S. Senator John Cornyn was, missing from the list.
Hegar is an Air Force veteran who failed to unseat Republican congressman John Carter in 2018. He barely defeated State Senator Royce West in the Democrat primary runoff election in July. Instead, Obama endorsed Democrat Senate candidates in other states such as Colorado, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Waltens noted the political play behind Obama not endorsing Hegar:
Though Obama billed the endorsement rollout as a ‘first wave,’ leaving open the possibility of a future endorsement for Hegar, it could be viewed as part of a strategy to moderate the Democrat candidate in an effort to be more competitive among general election voters in November. During his presidential campaigns, Texans rejected Obama on the ballot twice, and both times by double-digit margins.
In addition, Waltens provided a list of all the candidates that Obama has endorsed so far.
Barack Obama’s U.S. Congressional Endorsements
|2||Sima Ladjevardian||Dan Crenshaw (i)|
|7||Lizzie Fletcher (i)||Wes Hunt|
|14||Adrienne Bell||Randy Weber (i)|
|21||Wendy Davis||Chip Roy (i)|
|22||Sri Preston Kulkarni||Troy Nehls|
|23||Gina Ortiz Jones||Tony Gonzales*|
|24||Candace Valenzuela||Beth Van Duyne|
|32||Colin Allred||Genevieve Collins|
*Tony Gonzalez is currently facing a recount against Raul Reyes after the primary runoff election.
Barack Obama’s Texas House Endorsements
|45||Erin Zwiener||Carrie Isaac|
|52||James Talarico (i)||Lucio Valdez|
|54||Keke Williams||Brad Buckley (i)|
|64||Angela Brewer||Lynn Stucky (i)|
|66||Sharon Hirsch||Matt Shaheen (i)|
|92||Jeff Whitfield||Jeff Cason|
|96||Joe Drago||David Cook|
|97||Elizabeth Beck||Craig Goldman (i)|
|104||Jessica González (i)||n/a|
|105||Terry Meza (i)||Gerson Hernandez|
|108||Joanna Cattanach||Morgan Meyer (i)|
|112||Brandy Chambers||Angie Chen Button (i)|
|113||Rhetta Bowers (i)||Will Douglas|
|121||Celina Montoya||Steve Allison (i)|
|126||Natalie Hurtado||Sam Harless (i)|
|132||Gina Calanni (i)||Mike Schofield|
|134||Ann Johnson||Sarah Davis (i)|
|135||Jon Rosenthal (i)||Justin Ray|
|138||Akilah Bacy||Lacey Hull|
Part of Democrats’ strategy is to slowly chip away at Texas and turn into a leftist bastion. Groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety have already dropped $8 million to prop up anti-gun candidates in the 2020 election cycle.
Republicans will need to campaign on issues that are dear to the grassroots if they want to ensure that turnout is maximized and prevent the Left from taking over. This type of work has to start now.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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