Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on ‘God Put You in a Wheelchair’ Tweet: God Helped Me ‘Persevere’

A poster with an image of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is seen behind Abbott at a news conference where he was presented the Governor's Cup by Site Selection Magazine, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Texas won for having the most qualified projects of any state according to their …
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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott responded to a tweet mocking him for using a wheelchair after a Twitter user suggested that God caused his disability.

“Never quit. Never give up. Overcome any challenge,” Abbott initially posted Friday, with a GIF of a black man scaling up a rock-climbing wall in a wheelchair.

But then one Twitter user suggested that God was the cause for Abbott’s use of a wheelchair.

Abbott, 62, has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 after a freak jogging accident in Houston where an oak tree fell on him.

Since the accident, he has been confined to the use of a wheelchair.

Abbott responded to that tweet saying that God did not put him in that wheelchair, adding that God helped him to “persevere” over the accident that left him paralyzed.

“God didn’t cause the accident that left me paralyzed, but He did help me persevere over that enormous challenge,” Abbott replied. “I’m a testament that the glory of God is revealed by a young man’s back being broken in half and still rising up to be Governor of Texas. With God all is possible.”

Abbott, who has described himself as a man of faith, recently praised Kanye West’s Sunday service at a Houston jail.


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