Republican gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recently cited the education research of American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray, whom liberals consider toxic. Here’s the incredibly racist research by Murray that Abbott cited:

“Family background has the most decisive effect on student achievement, contributing to a large performance gap between children from economically disadvantaged families and those from middle class homes.”

The Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign apparently considers this waaaay beyond the pale. It is responding by citing the Southern Poverty Law Center’s description of Murray as a “white nationalist.” The SPLC is a paranoid, far-left organization which, as the late Ron Smith of WBAL put it, believes America is “filled with Klansmen and rife with people eager to perpetrate genocide.” A year ago, in response to  the SPLC’s so-called “hate group” list, deranged domestic terrorist Floyd Corkins sought to “kill as many as possible” at the Family Research Council.

Yesterday, Davis’ communications director Zac Petkanas tried his hardest to portray Abbott as white nationalist-friendly:

Just in case anyone missed the smear, Petkanas retweeted these:

Here’s a problem: If Greg Abbott is guilty of crimethink for citing Murray, then so is former President Bill Clinton:

Oddly, “white nationalist” Murray has tweeted his opposition to discrimination against Asian-American college applicants. His most controversial book, “The Bell Curve,” was co-authored by Richard Herrnstein, a professor of psychology at that hotbed of white nationalism, Harvard University.

Related:

Southern Poverty Law Center responds, calls FRC president’s claims ‘outrageous’

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