Lincoln Project raises questions after anti-Greg Abbott ad blocked from airing
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'Did Greg Abbott or his allies assert political influence to ensure the advertisement was not broadcast?'

The Lincoln Project is demanding answers after an ad critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 response was pulled off the air moments before the kickoff of a nationally televised football game.

The ad, scheduled to air Saturday during a University of Texas match, ranks Texas among the leading states in the nation for COVID-19 deaths.

With more than 60,000 Texans dead after contracting the virus, the ad further asserts that a COVID-19-only cemetery could stretch 85 miles — from Austin to San Antonio — and would require 3.6 million feet of casket lumber.

“If Gov. Abbott wants to build a new wall, tell him to stop building this one,” the ad says with rolling images of caskets and the border wall. “Abbott’s wall, paid for with 60,475-plus Texans’ lives.”

In a news release, the Lincoln Project said ESPN’s legal team initially cleared the ad to air during the broadcast. But 10 minutes prior to kick-off, the ad was pulled after a “university-made decision.”

“Did Greg Abbott or his allies assert political influence to ensure the advertisement was not broadcast?” the Lincoln Project asked in the news release. “Once again, instead of focusing on the task of keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears they’ve focused their time and energy on censoring those that would hold him to account for his failures.”

The Lincoln Project plans to file a public record request with the University of Texas to determine what — if any — involvement the Governor’s Office may have had in the decision.

“We will not be deterred by Gov. Abbott’s radicalism in support of his own political prospects and reelection campaign,” the Lincoln Project added. “We’re not finished with Gov. Abbott.”

Earlier this week, the Lincoln Project released a separate ad charging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the “worst Governor in America.”

Like the ad against Abbott, the Lincoln Project is critical of DeSantis’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about the Lincoln Project is available online.

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  • Tom

    September 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Finally, someone one, some organization stands up to the garbage of the dishonest Lincoln org.

    No organization in Florida was willing to but they did in Texas.

    To blame anyone person for Covid deaths is dishonest. To place it in media is irresponsible.
    Lincoln org is a hate filled media group. They accomplish nothing except to demonstrate hostility towards Republicans.

    Lincoln is a very dishonest group. Good for Texas.

    • Lorraine

      September 19, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Good for Texas ? Can tell you are a MALE in Texas !!

      Of course you would stand with Abbot – I am going to vote for & put my money towards Matt – ABA ( Anybody but Abbott ) for me 😷👍

      • Examplification

        September 20, 2021 at 9:16 am

        They literally have zero clue what’s coming at them in 2022. The Texas GQP and hacks like Abbott have radicalized the women of Texas, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • Alex

    September 19, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    The Texas Taliban is in deep shit.

    “Forty-five percent of Texans approve of Abbott’s performance as governor, while 54 percent disapprove, according to the survey from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

    The poll also found that 37 percent of respondents said they would vote for Abbott’s potential 2022 opponent Beto O’Rourke, putting the former congressman just 5 percentage points behind Abbott.

    The survey had Texas resident Matthew McConaughey 9 points ahead of Abbott, with 44 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the actor.”

  • Jackson

    September 19, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    The Lincoln Project who so ardently supports the censorship of conservatives voices on social media is now complaining because they and their endless messages of fear and hate are being censored?

    Is this satire or some sort of joke?

    • Examplification

      September 20, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Cry more.

      • Jackson

        September 20, 2021 at 12:53 pm

        Obnoxious response like yours are to be expected from Lincoln Project supporters.

        Nothing for me to cry about.

  • Ron Ogden

    September 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    The Lincoln Project has absolutely nothing of value to say to anyone about anything. Their whole reason for being is to spend left wing money to attack conservatives on TV. If one of their channels is endangered, they get scared and they howl. And, as we know, when the lead dog howls, all the other ones do, too.

  • Professor Emeritus

    September 20, 2021 at 5:29 am

    I just not how all the neofascists defend censorship by the Texas government

  • Zhombre

    September 20, 2021 at 7:44 am

    I note how all the sonsofbitches on the left who support cancel culture and want to take Fox News off the air are now concerned about censorship which is by the way unproven in this case, only an accusation made by the repulsive Vichy Conservative hustlers at the Lincoln Project.

  • Donna

    September 20, 2021 at 8:18 am


    The Lincoln Project is little more than a hate group. Who needs them and their demagogic ads ruining games and destroying civility in American society?

    They make Trump and his supporters seem like paragons of virtue.

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