Wendy Davis has plenty of scandal on her plate: the biographical lies, the ethics investigation, the seemingly years-long loyalty to the Republican Party. Last week, she suddenly revealed that she was campaigning on a pro-gun rights platform, but her photo-op with a gun earlier this week is not doing her any favors.
Despite all the baggage of both Davis’s abortion record and her biography scandal, the event was most memorable for one simple image involving neither: her attempt to hold the famed gun of Ann Richards, provided to her by her daughter.
The lack of a steady hand triggered snickers all over the state, perhaps the most common comparing Davis to another Democrat who failed miserably at an attempt to look authoritative and intimidating: 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. MySanAntonio quipped Republicans immediately considered that she looked “less than natural” holding a weapon. Bryan Preston compared Davis to both Dukakis and fellow Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, and called the photo an “unfortunate” attempt to make Davis look “badass” (he also provides a photo of Ann Richards holding the very same gun, adding insult to ego injury). Conservatives on Twitter were even more brutal, dragging poor Richard Simmons into the incident.
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