Blogger Robbie Cooper
Rick Perry also willingly associates with Cooper, despite his racist posts.
During the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Perry took Cooper and a small handful of other bloggers to a gun range with him in Austin.
"Gov. Perry looked over at me and asked if I wanted to squeeze off a few rounds with his personal handgun. I jumped at the chance," Cooper told his readers. "...Honestly, standing there shooting guns with the Governor of Texas the way we did today was one of the coolest things I've ever done (politically), and only further increased my respect and admiration for the Governor."
Cooper has used many instances of violence involving a black person to perpetuate racist stereotypes. Here's what he thought of black people who were too loud in Wal-Mart for his taste:
In a post entitled Black People Rioting and Brawling over Ugly Shoes They Can't Even Afford, Cooper wrote:
In another post, Guess the Race: Roving Gang of Teens of Undetermined Ethnicity Attack White Concert Goers in NJ, Cooper advocated shooting "these rabid pack animals":
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Cooper's Twitter account is a celebration of political violence, sexism, racism and Islamophobia:
Dr. Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," was the Nazi physician who decided whether incoming Jews would be killed or put into forced labor at Auschwitz. That's the comparison Cooper is making.
It's an absolute disgrace that Abbott -- the Attorney General of Texas -- would choose to appear on a blog with such a history of overt racial intolerance, and that Perry would invite Cooper shooting.
Cooper appears to be a huge Abbott fan. In August, celebrating a reply he got from Abbott on Twitter, he deemed Abbott Texas' "biggest (and best) conservative rock star".
As the Associated Press pointed out last week, Abbott's campaign thus far has been a series of blunders, from Abbott personally thanking the "retard barbie" tweeter to his top strategist calling Wendy Davis "too stupid to be governor".
It's one thing to do an interview with a blog that shares a candidate's political party. It's a very different thing to do it with a blog that so openly promotes racial hatred, sexism and violence.
Does Greg Abbott agree with Cooper's views? Does he think it's okay to grant people like this exclusive interviews? What does he think of Cooper's repeated use of the "N word" and other racial slurs?