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Abbott fires back at NYC Mayor Adams’ ‘madman’ slam: He’d never make it in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott cited one of the New York City area’s most famous crooners to ding the Big Apple’s mayor after Eric Adams complained about the city’s illegal immigrant overflow and referred to the Texas Republican as a “madman.”

Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” has long defined the City That Never Sleeps, but its most famous boast may not entirely befit the current mayor, Abbott told “Jesse Watters Primetime” Monday.

When asked if he is indeed a “madman,” Abbott fired back that Adams instead is the “outrageous” one.

“When I first heard that, I thought about Frank Sinatra singing ‘New York, New York’ when he sang ‘If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.’ Well, [Adams] may have made it to be mayor of New York, but he could not last a week in Texas,” he said.

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Frank Sinatra on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, 1964 (CBS via Getty)

Abbott appeared to dismiss the notion, saying the prospect of turning Texas blue has been a goal on the left ever since he defeated Democrat Wendy Davis in 2014.

“Today, there are more Hispanics in Texas than there are Anglos – and yet I beat [former Rep.] Beto [O’Rourke] by double digits,” he said.

“The Hispanics in Texas, they don’t agree with this leftist woke agenda and progressive ideas pushed by people like the Castros. They firmly reject that. In fact, Hispanics in Texas do not like Biden’s open border policies,” he claimed.

He said Biden’s plans and policies will backfire as Texans become more fed up with open border policies of Democrats.

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