Gregg Abbott was targeted in a Lincoln Project ad for his handling of Covid in Texas, which is currently experiencing around 16,000 new cases a day – and almost as many as in January and February.
The 60-second ad, which was released Friday, accuses the Republican governor of “building a wall” of bodies instead of “the one he promised” – in an apparent nod to the southern state border -United with Mexico, that he and the Republican party have been loud.
Texas has so far seen more than 3.8 million cases of Covid-19, according to analysis by The New York Times, and as The Lincoln Project reminds viewers, more than 60,000 deaths – and more – due to the disease.
Attacking Mr Abbott on the Texas death toll, the ad begins with an ad telling viewers that “Texas is now one of the top states for Covid deaths.” The number of infections and deaths will then flash on the screen, turning red.
“Over 60,000 Texas are buried,” he continues, before comparing the death toll to the size of a “cemetery stretching from Austin to San Antonio” – a distance of about 80 miles (129 km).
The ad ends by saying that the bodies of the Covid dead in Texas would be approximately “3.6 million feet of coffin wood,” which is “enough wood to build an 85-mile-long wall.”
“If Governor Abbott wants to build a new wall,” argues the Lincoln Project, “tell him to stop building this one.”
Texas has reported more than 10,000 Covid infections per day for more than a month, with Governor Abbott himself forced into self-isolation after testing positive for Covid in August – and after receiving both vaccines.
About 70% of Texans have been vaccinated against Covid, according to the health department, and 59% are fully vaccinated – a number 5% more than the US average.
Mr Abbott rejected the mask warrants and went so far as to make it illegal for local governments to issue them – in an apparent rebuttal by advice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and medical professionals, who argue that masks reduce the spread of Covid.
The independent has contacted Mr Abbott’s office for comment.