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Beto O’Rourke accuses Gov. Abbott of ‘spiking inflation’ and ‘killing businesses’

Beto O’Rourke, a current Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate accused GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday of “spiking inflation” and “killing businesses” in the state because he instated a truck inspection policy.

Abbott repealed that order two days prior to O’Rourke’s statements after cutting a deal with Mexican officials.

Earlier in April, Abbott ordered that all commercial trucks coming North from Mexico undergo additional inspections as part of a disagreement with the Biden administration over vast issues at the border. Abbott then lifted the order on Friday after reaching agreements with neighboring Mexican states that he claims have pledged their own new commitments to border security between Mexico and the United States.

Many have criticized Abbott’s order as being a contributor to supply chain issues plaguing the country as well as the intensifying inflation crisis. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” O’Rourke did not mention Abbott canceling the order two days prior, but he did say that the governor’s policies are “ensuring higher prices for Texas consumers.”

O’Rourke said, “He just shut down almost all commercial traffic coming into the United States, which is spiking inflation, killing businesses, especially along the border and ensuring higher prices for Texas consumers and more supply shortages for those who want to buy groceries, for example, in the supermarket this weekend.” 

O’Rourke continued, “He’s really hurting this state and providing no additional benefit for security or safety. That’s why so many people in Texas want a change.”

The Democratic challenger went on to criticize Abbott for sending migrants to Washington, D.C. as he also accused the governor of endangering the state’s National Guardsmen by deploying them to the border.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FOX BUSINESS

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