Shockingly True: Politifact Texas Questions If Men Who Have Sex With Children Are Predators

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During the first gubernatorial debate, Wendy Davis brought up Greg Abbott’s support from noted child predator Ted Nugent, who has endorsed and campaigned with the Republican. Here they are below, together on the campaign trail.

Nugent has called Abbott his “friend” and “blood brother”. The aging rocker is also well-known for his offensive statements about engaging in sex acts with minors, admitting in an interview that he was “was addicted to girls” who were underage.

Nugent has also bragged in his song lyrics about actual sexual contact with minors. That’s illegal, and it’s gross.

Today, in a display of an utter lack of judgement and dearth of sensitivity towards victims of child sexual abuse, PolitiFact Texas questioned whether adult men who have sexual relations with underage children are, indeed, child predators.

Politifact decided to fact-check Davis’s statement that Abbott “has campaigned with a sexual predator who has bragged about having sex with underage girls.” They decided that even though it is true that Greg Abbott campaigned with Ted Nugent and that Ted Nugent bragged about have sex with underage girls, somehow by their twisted logic Davis’s statement is “half true.”

What, did Ted Nugent fail to victimize enough minors to satisfy the truth-testing rigors of Gardner Selby and Politifact Texas?

Wendy Davis spokesperson Zac Petkanas released the following statement:

Politifact need to immediately retract the outrageous conclusion that a child molester like Ted Nugent may not be a sexual predator and apologize to sexual abuse victims for the suggestion. Not only is Ted Nugent a sexual predator. He is also a monster and child molester. Fact check that.

Politifact writes that Nugent “hasn’t been convicted of a sex crime, which arguably makes the ‘predator’ label more a personal characterization than a fact.”

Got that, victims of childhood sexual trauma? If your attackers aren’t convicted or don’t abuse sufficient numbers of victims, then Politifact Texas thinks they’re not child predators.

We find the write-up by Politifact Texas mostly offensive.


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Your indication that Wendy Davis’ statement on Ted Nugent’s sexual preference for ‘young girls’ was a half-truth is an insult of the highest moral degree possible.

    Shame on you!

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