A group of Democratic lawmakers in Texas made headlines this week when they fled the state in an attempt to block a bill aimed at preventing voter fraud.
In response, Republicans have ordered state law enforcement officers to arrest the absent politicians upon their return to the Lone Star State.
“Bold, courageous action”
According to Breitbart, the decision came on Tuesday as the result of a 76-4 vote among the remaining members of the state House. As a result of the vote, state troopers are authorized to take the Democratic members into custody, though doing so will be a challenge since the lawmakers are currently in D.C. and outside of the department’s jurisdiction.
Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered his thanks to the 22 state senators “who are here for a quorum today as the Senate will do our business this week.”
The Democratic lawmakers left the state in an attempt to prevent a quorum in the House that would be necessary to advance a controversial voter reform bill.
On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris praised those who fled Texas and compared them to civil rights icons from throughout the nation’s history.
“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,” she said.
“Playing a political stunt”
In reference to the Texas Democrats’ ploy, Harris declared that they “traveled to Washington, D.C., at great sacrifice, to stand up for the American right to vote unencumbered.”
Of course, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others in his party saw things much differently.
“Last I checked, the heroic civil rights protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge were not in a private chartered jet, they didn’t have a case of Miller Lite next to them,” Cruz said.
He dismissed the participants as “partisan Democrats playing a political stunt” in the pursuit of “media attention.”
The senator went on to predict that the lawmakers would be arrested upon setting foot back in Texas, a move that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott also endorsed.