Joe Scarborough Rips Greg Abbott for Minimizing Rape
MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough blasted Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe for declaring that victims of rape need not worry about his state’s new abortion ban because his administration is going to find and stop all would-be rapists.
“Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them,” Abbott said.
Scarborough was absolutely shocked by Abbott’s cold, insensitive, and “preposterous” remarks.
“I don’t know where to start. Why don’t we start by showing how Texas fares when it comes to rapes – more reported in the state of Texas than any other state in America – and my God, if that’s the number that’s reported, it’s chilling to figure out what that real number is, and so here, the top state and the most reported rapes has a governor saying we’re going to stop all rapes,” Scarborough said before tearing into the United States Supreme Court for allowing the Texas Heartbeat Act to remain in place.
“We’re in a preposterous state here, whether you are pro-choice, whether you are pro-life, if you are pro-constitution, this is preposterous that a constitutional right can be taken away on a procedural ground, a procedural move that as I said yesterday blue state governors can use to ban handguns, ban prayer in private schools, can ban one constitutional right after another based on the Supreme Court precedent,” he added.
“People who are pro-life, who are lawyers, who I have talked to over the past several days that say this is the worst precedent they could imaging. What happens when New York State decides to ban handguns and do it in a way where it’s not enforced by an attorney general but if your neighbor sees you with a handgun, they can get you fined $10,000 et cetera et cetera. Imagine, imagine what the right would do in that case. That’s why you’re hearing more of a muted response from the right on this because they know that whether you’re a conservative or a liberal, this is unconstitutional, and for the life of me, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why those five justices not only put the Court but the country in this place,” the former GOP lawmaker continued.
“Again, let’s slow this down for a second. Let’s think about this for a second, and one of the largest states in America, a constitutional right that 70 percent of Americans don’t want overturned, that only 28, 29, 30 percent, if you have been looking at polls over the past 30 years want overturned. That constitutional right has been taken away in the state of Texas based on procedure. That’s bizarre, it’s dangerous, and the precedent, it’s just godawful,” said Scarborough. “I would love to know what the five Justices thought who said, yeah, you know what, we’re just going to take away a constitutional right based on procedure.”