Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweets creepy stock photo to promote bill

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday tweeted a bizarre stock photo to promote a bill that he said would criminalize online sexual harassment. The now-deleted photo depicted a man in his underwear grinning with glee as he takes a NSFW photo.

“Sexual harassment on social media is out of control. Here’s an idea to rein it in. State Representative @MorganMeyerTX Files Legislation To Criminalize Digital Sexual Harassment,” Abbott tweeted along with the photo.

Many were quick to call attention to the lawmaker’s social media activity.

“OH SWEET JESUS,” wrote Texas journalist Emily Ramshaw.

“That pic, though. 🤣👌🏻” Twitter user @jerrasic1 wrote.

https://twitter.com/jerrasic1/status/1102651995763236864

“Um. That picture is… unfortunate,” Justin Waldrop replied.

“Well done @GregAbbott_TX!! 🙄 #ThisIsTexas,” wrote Cornell Woolridge.

https://twitter.com/RenaissanceXM/status/1102677709585637376

There were plenty more reactions ranging from mockery to disgust.

The Dallas Observer has dubbed Abbott’s Twitter “President Donald Trump Lite.” The social media account has been home to political memes and, once, a fake Winston Churchill quote.

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.