The Texas gubernatorial candidate's daughters Dru Davis and Amber Davis today released a pair of letters to the media. In the letters, the women defend their mother against attacks that have been so unnecessarily brutal and downright sexist, they have even outraged and embarrassed some pundits at Fox News.
Can I just first say they didn't have to do this? We already know this a batshitcrazy attack from right-wingers who are desperately threatened that Davis has managed to raise more than $12 million in her campaign to defeat Gregory Abbott for governor. Or I guess a better way to say it is that they shouldn't have had to do this. But here they are, two letters from two young ladies who felt compelled to defend their mom.
Here's an excerpt from Dru Davis's letter:
My name is Dru Davis and I am Wendy Davis's daughter. I hate that I feel the need to write this, but I have been reading and hearing so many untrue things about my mom and I want to set the record straight. And sadly I feel the need to be crystal clear on the malicious and false charge of abandonment as nothing could be further from the truth. My mom has always shared equally in the care and custody of my sister and me.
My mom had my sister at 19 and although she was technically married for a short period of time, she was handling almost everything on her own. She was working 2 jobs regularly and going to school. She met my dad when Amber was still very young. They had an amazing love that I witnessed for many years. Unfortunately, it didn't last, like so many love stories don't.
I can tell you that my mom was a remarkable mother and continues to be so to this day. She was there on my first day of school and my last, and so many days in between. She never missed a school performance or a parent-teacher conference. Even if that meant she had to miss something else important. My sister and I were always her first priority. She was there when I needed her and even when I thought I didn't. My mom was my Brownie Troop leader. I still remember camping out in the backyard with my troop after our trip was cancelled because of bad weather. She was also my field hockey team mom during my senior year of high school, not to mention that she went with me to every single field hockey camp, tryout, program that I ever had. She helped me sort through college possibilities, helped me with my applications and visited colleges with me.
"To this day, I watch my mom greeted and hugged by people who love her and are thankful for things she has done for them. I am proud of her for that," she writes.
Amber Davis, the older of the two siblings, makes it pretty clear that one of the main talking points behind the barrage of attacks is complete and utter bullshit: "....that our mother 'left us to be raised by our father' while she went on to pursue her education. Not only is this ridiculously unfair; it's completely untrue."
She also responds to the attacks her mom received online:
I have spent the past few days reading the ludicrous comments that people have shared on social media about my mother and our family. It is a shame that those who don't know us feel the need to comment on the details of our lives as if they've lived them. I have a hard time understanding how such hate and negativity can result from one person's false accusations.
My mother had me when she was very young, a kid herself. And although she was married for a short period of time, parenthood was her sole responsibility. Yes, we lived in a trailer. Does it matter how long? Not to me. Even though some people have tried to question my own memories; I do remember the trailer, as well as the apartments that we lived in during the years that followed. I know that I was my mother's first priority and that she wanted a better life for me than the one she was living. She worked 2 jobs and went to community college at night. She refused to repeat the life her family struggled in growing up.
The full letters are here.
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