Abbott made his comments at a McLennan County Republican Club lunchtime event in Waco, TX, using the venue to repeatedly slam the Obama administration’s policies. In doing so, Abbott took the time to warn his fellow Republicans of the encroaching threat that Democrats pose to their very way of life. Pointing to the group Battleground Texas, composed of veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns, the Abbott argued that the Democratic Party is a far greater concern to the state than North Korea:
“One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons,” Abbott said. “The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.”
Austin was one of the cities seen on a North Korean map, supposedly comprising the targets should North Korea carry out nuclear strikes in the United States. North Korea’s vast supply of missiles, however, are unable to reach that far, whether or not they are able to be nuclear-armed.
Meanwhile, Battleground Texas is seeking to convince Texans to vote for Democrats in national elections. Speaking to the Waco Tribune after the speech, Abbott said “he made the comparison to North Korea partly because he doesn’t think the country is a serious threat to the U.S.” and to highlight that “complacency kills” in politics.
During his speech, Abbott also weighed in heavily against the recently passed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which the U.S. is still reviewing. “We fought a war in 1776 to fight against foreign dictators telling us what to do, not now to turn around and give that power to them,” Abbott warned about the treaty, calling it an “incredible danger.” He has already threatened to file suit against the administration should President Obama sign it, despite admitting that it does not infringe on the Second Amendment.