Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott ignited the fury of countless Texans when he appeared to demonstrate a lack of attention and inept leadership during the deadly winter storm that struck the Lone Star state last week.
As the Washington Post reported at the time, Abbott was nowhere to be found the entire first day of the storm, when millions of Texans lost power and sat freezing in the dark, in their own homes.
When he finally did surface, he gave a couple terse interviews blaming the state's legislature, a Fox News appearance where he blamed the Green New Deal for the whole thing.
Later on, during a powerless, freezing week that eventually left nearly 50 Texas residents dead, Abbott even falsely blamed the storm on wind turbines, theTexas Tribune reported.
So it wasn't totally surprising that people on the internet made some very diabolical conclusions when video surfaced that showed Abbott completing a mic check ahead of a recent briefing to address the state's plans to investigate and improve the state's power grid infrastructure, the actual cause of catastrophe throughout the storm.
During the sound check, Abbott was seen practicing deliberate statements and tones of voice.
Mic check: Gov Abbott practicing sounding sincere #txlege #TexasBlackout https://t.co/ZUyuQejJJ3— Scott Braddock (@Scott Braddock)1614212406.0
People couldn't help but feel like they were watching a ruthless leader practicing his impression of sincerity.
@scottbraddock It might be standard practice to talk naturally into a mic, it's the practiced "sincerity" that is p… https://t.co/vId5DLBq0A— Luuta (@Luuta)1614215638.0
@scottbraddock Polling must be prettttttttty bad— Erin Mincberg Spiegel (@Erin Mincberg Spiegel)1614214460.0
@scottbraddock Sincerely rehearsed and faked empathy.— Barbi (@Barbi)1614212554.0
But several people on Twitter took a moment to debunk those interpretations of Abbott's sound check.
They drew from experience to talk about what really seemed to be going on in the clip.
@scottbraddock Pretty funny, but pretty familiar to us ex-sound guys. You always ask the speaker to speak in his lo… https://t.co/coVHlxXwL4— Jimmy Chalk (@Jimmy Chalk)1614214684.0
@scottbraddock Or trying to make sure the mic didn’t sound overmodulated when he spoke loudly... but you could stil… https://t.co/eYsdzrmc73— Wes Wilson (@Wes Wilson)1614213696.0
Of course, even those skeptical viewers didn't hold back showing their general anger toward Abbott anyway.
@scottbraddock Meh. I’m all for spotlighting GOP faults, especially hypocrisy. And Abbott is as douchey as they… https://t.co/o6mzgXbdKh— Fleet Scribbler (@Fleet Scribbler)1614221282.0
@weswilson4 @scottbraddock +1 on this. Many times when doing a sound check with someone, I specifically tell them t… https://t.co/ziPS5YMyeM— Aaron Margolis (@Aaron Margolis)1614213886.0
As Texas continues forward and tries to rebuild after the historic weather catastrophe, Abbott will undoubtedly find himself behind the microphone plenty of times in the near future.