Texas Governor hit back at the White House for its hypocrisy in response to criticism he received concerning a Christmas Eve Migrant drop-off in Washington, D.C.
White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan released a statement from the Biden administration describing the relocation of migrants on Christmas Eve as a “dangerous and shameful stunt.”
In the statement, Hasan wrote that Abbott “abandoned children on the side of the road,” drawing attention to the “freezing temperatures” in Washington, D.C., at the time, and rebuked the Governor for not “coordinating with any federal or local authorities.”
A spokesperson for Abbott, Ranae Eze, responded to the White House’s disparaging statement, referring to President Joe Biden as a “Hypocrite-in-Chief” for criticizing Abbott’s actions while his administration flew “planeloads” of migrants across the country often “in the cover of night.”
In a statement, Eze asserted that the migrants on the three buses to Washington, D.C., had “signed a voluntary consent waiver,” which Eze noted was in multiple languages.
Eze explained that while migrants were “boarding [the bus], they agreed on the destination.”
Eze also shifted the conversation to the border crisis, saying that Abbott had only decided to relocate migrants after they had been “processed and released by the federal government.”
Eze also blamed the Biden administration for “dumping [asylum seekers] at historic levels” at El Paso and other Texas border towns, emphasizing that El Paso “declared a state of emergency because of the Biden-made crisis.”
Migrants had been dropped off near Vice President Kamala Harris Washington, D.C., residence, causing backlash from Democrats.