Gov. Abbott Says Fleeing Democrat Legislators “Will Be Arrested” When They Return

Gov. Abbott Says Fleeing Democrat Legislators “Will Be Arrested” When They Return
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In a pathetic attempt to stop a common sense election integrity bill, among others, Texas Democrats fled the state. A statement signed by caucus leaders read “Texas House Democrats stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans’ freedom to vote.”

At least 51 of Texas’ 67 Democrat representatives, the number needed to break quorum, left on Monday. The stunt came as there were 26 days left in a special legislative session called largely for the purpose of advancing the GOP’s new voting rules.

The other bills Democrats tried to block with this stunt included bills protecting girls from having to compete against biological men in sports, funding the arrests of illegal aliens, reducing abortion, and cracking down on critical race theory propaganda in public schools.

Governor Greg Abbott responded by making it clear that while this may delay the vote, it will change nothing in the end, and there will be consequences for those who fled.

According to the Daily Wire:

Abbott told Laura Ingraham that Democrats who fled the state to stop legitimate democratic processes from being carried out by the state’s legislature will “be arrested” the moment that they step foot back in the state and hauled to the state Capitol to do their jobs.
“Isn’t that the most un-Texan thing you’ve ever heard? Texans running from a fight? They’re quitters,” Abbott said. “It’s like during a football game or baseball game, taking their equipment when they’re way behind and just leaving the field. That is not the way that Texas, Texans do things.”

Abbott said that the Democrats were still taking taxpayer money while going on their trip to subvert democracy while also “doing fundraising projects online trying to raise money for this.”

Abbott noted that the lawmakers were effectively “using a filibuster to flee the state of Texas to plead with the president to do away with the filibuster in Washington, D.C.,” which he noted was “hypocrisy on its face.”

Abbot concluded by saying “What the law is, it’s in the Constitution, and that is the house, the State House of Representatives who were here in the Capitol in Austin right now, they do have the ability to issue a call to have their fellow members who are not showing up to be arrested, but only so long as that arrest is made in the state of Texas. That’s why they have fled the state. Once they step back into the state of Texas, they will be arrested and brought to the Texas Capitol, and we will be conducting business.”

UPDATE: the Texas House has since voted 76-4 to detain or arrest fleeing members.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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