Wendy Davis's Daughters Pen Epic Defense Of Their Mom


After weeks of total bullshit attacks (and one pretty cool defense), some rather important people in the conversation about Wendy Davis’s role as a mother are speaking out—her daughters.

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.
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.
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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