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Demorat Texas judge “apologizes” for joke about accident that left Governor Abbott paralyzed

Judge Eckhardt proudly wearing her “Pussy Hat”

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt wore her pussy hat in her courtroom in January 2017. I’m sure she’s really, really serious when it comes to furthering the debate on political discourse.

The good judge wearing her pussy hat in a court of law.

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Us conservatives are not snowflakes when it comes to humor.

Yet if you have to defend your joke as “disagreeable” then it really isn’t a joke. Either defend it as funny or not.

One look at her Twitter timeline and you can decipher all you need to about her desire to “further the debate” and “political discourse.”

It’s good to know where the good judge stands.

From Fox News: A Democratic judge in Texas apologized Friday for saying the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, ‘hates trees because one fell on him,’ a reference to an accident 35 years ago which left Abbott paralyzed.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt made the quip during a discussion at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin about the Texas Legislature overriding local ordinances such one in the state capital regarding the cutting down of trees. Eckhardt’s comment drew laughs from the panel’s audience.

The comment was first reported in a tweet by The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson.

“In my panel today at the Texas Tribune Festival on ‘Public Enragement’ I spoke about the importance of being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Then I said something disagreeable,” Eckhardt said in a statement, according to The Texas Tribune.

“I want to apologize to Governor Abbott. I made a flippant comment that was inappropriate. The comment did nothing to further the debate I was participating in, much less further the political discourse in our community, state, and nation. While the Governor and I disagree on a number of issues, that is no excuse to be disagreeable.”

Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging in Houston. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

Travis County Republican Party chairman Matt Mackowiak said Eckhardt’s remark showed a “profound lack of compassion” towards someone with a disability.

Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is open to ridicule if it helps her make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt,” he said in a statement. “There is no place for insulting Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better.”

Abbott’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Read the whole story here.

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