Rick Perry isn’t have a good day, but despite that, the longest-serving governor in Texas history nevertheless basked in the cheers of supporters at the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday when he turned himself in to face two felony counts of abuse of power.
His attitude was not that of a contrite defendant; he stood before his crowd of supporters and told them “I believe in the rule of law,” and that “we will prevail.” He also vehemently denounced the charges during the press conference.
Prior to this, Perry was considering a 2016 run at the Presidency. He even adopted a new look for it: smart looking glasses that, in the words of Rand Paul, haven’t changed a thing about the way he sees the world.
Mark P. Jones, a political scientist at Rice University, said that Perry was acting like “a true Texan” and that he’s “pushing back.” Jones added that “He’s making a conscious decision not just to fight this head-on but to utilize the national attention for political gain.”
It’s the first time in 100 years that a Texas Governor has been indicted for any sort of crime; the last one was Democrat James Ferguson, who was removed from office after he vetoed funding for the University of Texas, due to his objecting to some faculty members. Perry has found himself in a remarkably similar situation, having been indicted for using the line-item veto ability granted to him to punish the department run by Travis County District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg.
The two felony charges carry prison sentences combed of more than 100 years, if he’s convinced.
You can watch the video from KHOU below: