Gov. Abbott vows to arrest Dem lawmakers who fled state to halt voter reform bill

A group of Texas Democrats made headlines this month when they fled the state in an attempt to block a voter reform bill from advancing through the state legislature.

The lawmakers flew to D.C., where they are pleading their case for the Biden administration — but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has promised that they will face the consequences when they set foot back in Texas.

“Until they get their job done”

“As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done,” Abbott said on Monday.

During a subsequent interview with KVUE, the governor added: “If these people want to be hanging out, wherever they’re hanging out on this taxpayer-paid junket, they’re going to have to be prepared to do it for well over a year.”

According to the Associated Press, Abbott’s remarks drew a swift rebuke from the Democrats hiding out in the nation’s capital.

For her part, state Rep. Martinez Fischer told reporters that the governor had been treating him and his colleagues like an “animal or property, to say he will corral us and he will cabin us in the Capitol to get this agenda.”

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that Vice President Kamala Harris praised the Democrats and even compared them to the nation’s civil rights icons.

“At great sacrifice”

“They took bold, courageous action in line with the legacy of Frederick Douglass, to the legacy that involves women who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, and all those folks who shed blood on the bridge in 1965 to pass the Voting Rights Act,” Harris said.

She went on to tout the supposed sacrifice of the absentee lawmakers, claiming that they “traveled to Washington, D.C., at great sacrifice to stand up for the American right to vote unencumbered.”

Of course, her characterization was widely mocked by critics including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Last I checked, the heroic civil rights protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge were not in a private chartered jet,” he said. “They didn’t have a case of Miller Lite next to them.”

As for the bill that convinced Democrats to abandon their duties and face arrest upon returning to their home state, the Texas proposal seeks to end drive-thru voting, mandate video surveillance at polling stations, and require tracking devices to be installed on electronic ballot-counting machines.

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    They need to grow up and take responsibility for the jobs they were elected to do. Elections will be coming up & I am sure everyone will remember their names and this idiotic runaway

    1. Anyone can vote in Texas as long as they are legal to vote. No one will prevent them from voting if they are qualified to vote. This is all just more bull from the Democrats. They know they can’t win as long as every thing is legal.

  9. Texas democrats are just cry babies crying because they don’t get their way !!! State the facts – illegal voting is a crime that needs to be stopped !!! I see nothing wrong with the bill saying only authorized voters need to come forward !!! This is only a democratic cry out for illegal votes by illegal people to flood the voting rights of qualified voters !!! Stand up Texas – you’re doing a great job !!!

  10. What actually happened is that the Texas politicians spit in the faces of the people that elected them and pay their salaries. In the U.S., the people are the bosses of the politicians. The people hire them by election, and expect their employees to govern according to the wishes of the people. Many politicians have delusions of grandeur and think they rule by divine order. Nothing could be further from the truth. The government is of, by, and for the people. There is no mention of politicians ruling anything or anyone. They forget that at their peril.

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