A national television ad projecting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic that would be screened during Saturday’s University of Texas / Rice University football game was withdrawn minutes before the contest began .
Members of the Lincoln Project, a group of former and current Republican Party members who resist former President Donald Trump’s policies, wonder why the ad they produce and pay for was not aired. The $ 25,000 legal post was approved by ESPN’s legal department, a Lincoln Project spokesman said.
“Despite being authorized by ESPN’s legal department, ten minutes before the launch, we were informed that the announcement would not run,” according to a statement from the Lincoln Project. “When asked why, they told us it was a‘ decision made by the University. ’Did Greg Abbott or his allies assert political influence to ensure that advertising was not broadcast?”
University of Texas officials could not be reached for comment immediately.
Abbott is a graduate of the University of Texas. Appoints members of the school’s board of regents.
“Again, instead of focusing on keeping jeans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, they seem to have focused their time and energy on censoring those that would hold them accountable for their failures.” it was said in the statement. “In fact, several Texas sources have informed us of the political panic within the governor’s office and the organization of the campaign.”
The television ad, called “Abbott’s Wall,” states that if it made a wall out of the coffins of the jeans that died as a result of COVID-19, it would extend from Austin to San Antonio. The ad features a Texas landscape with captions that reveal terrible coronavirus statistics. Advertising claims that 3.8 million jeans have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Of this total, 60,475 people have died. According to the announcement, these deaths resulted in more than 60,000 burials, with 85 miles of wood used to make coffins.
The governor has banned mask warrants, though some local school districts and jurisdictions want to protect students and teachers from the virus.
“If Governor Abbott wants to build a new wall, tell him to stop building it,” the silent ad states, using headlines instead of a narrator.
According to the statement, the group will investigate why the announcement was not published.
“We will not be discouraged by Governor Abbott’s radicalism in support of his own political perspectives and his re-election campaign,” the statement said. “We’re not done with Governor Abbott.”