Urban Grounds, where blogger Robbie Cooper went on hideous, racist tirades against minorities, has been taken down entirely. In September, Burnt Orange Report revealed Cooper's flinging racial epithets at African Americans, threatening of violence against D.C. politicians he doesn't like, and the hideous remarks his readers added to the awful posts they read. The same report also unveiled the cozy link between Greg Abbott and Robbie Cooper.
On his Twitter account, Abbott has even publicly praised Cooper's blog:
— Texans for Abbott (@AbbottCampaign) January 21, 2013
Robbie Cooper, Urban Grounds Founder and Sole Writer
Yeah, Greg Abbott is a big fan. That link is to an exclusive interview Abbott gave Cooper, who then sung the now-candidate's praises. Rick Perry also takes kindly to this man, and once took Cooper shooting. It was close Rick Perry (and Greg Abbott) aide Dave Carney who retweeted Cooper's post calling Wendy Davis “too stupid to be governor”. David Dewhurst invited and welcomed Cooper to dinner, after the BOR story broke exposing Cooper's racist blog. Republican Attorney General Candidate Ken Paxton took Cooper to a conservative bloggers' lunch, also after the blog broke.
So, what broke the camel's back? If you've got tips on what happened, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your identity will be kept a secret. More below the jump.
After 10 yrs it was time to move on. Too busy raising a family to blog anymore. RT @lamb_chops_: what happened to website?
— Robbie Cooper (@RobbieCooper) January 24, 2014
Hmm. Cooper has taken down his entire archive — all of his work over more than five years of blogging. Why would Cooper remove all of the posts he defended vociferously despite mounting recent criticism? It seems exceedingly unlikely that Cooper's views have shifted, as a cursory look at his Twitter feed shows. Here's this call for bloody revolution from Wednesday of this week:
Can we just start the revolution now? Got a list of politicians and their media mouthpieces who need to be hanging from lamp posts ASAP.
— Robbie Cooper (@RobbieCooper) January 29, 2014
First of all, that un-American threat warrants investigation by the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Second, what changed if not Cooper's views? Maybe Greg Abbott didn't think pairing his last two weeks of blasting Wendy Davis for…being a hard-working single mom with thousands of racist blog posts he's stamped his approval to. Even when the story broke, Abbott didn't denounce his pal Cooper. Maybe other Republicans have been pressuring Cooper and he finally gave in. Maybe he moved it to the Deep Web where only violent racists can access his site.
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