The members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus who left the state Monday to withhold a quorum from a special session dedicated to passing an election security bill attacked Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans on Tuesday for allegedly trying to suppress the votes of minorities.
“We have not seen this level of retrogression in the right of people to cast their votes since” the middle of last century, Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, said as he introduced the state lawmakers who chartered a plane to Washington, D.C., on Monday. “They made big sacrifices to be here today… so all Americans regardless of their race, their income their party affiliation will have equal access to the ballot.”
The press conference, outside of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., also included a singing of “We Shall Overcome.”
Following Veasey was a succession of Texas Democrats who promised to do everything in their power to kill GOP-backed legislation that would, among other things, force more active maintenance of voter rolls; ban drive-thru voting; codify poll-watchers’ access to a voting area; ban unsolicited mail-in ballots and more.
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The Texas Democrats specifically connected the efforts to pass an election security bill to former President Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, alleging that Texas Republicans refuse to stand up to the former president.
“Rigging the system, attacking the very foundation of democracy and the rights of all Texans… is the price they’re willing to pay in order to pay for Trump’s prayer alter,” Rep. Toni Rose said.
“These Republicans in this legislature may have changed the messiah, Jesus, to Trump. But I haven’t,” added Rep. Senfronia Thompson.
The Texas Democrats are under fire for Republicans for their move to flee the state – Republicans say they are shirking their duties and have promised to outlast the Democrats and eventually pass their elections bill.
“What we’re seeing from these Texas Democrats is nothing short of a political stunt and cheap political theater,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “They’re pr
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