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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Democrats, who left the state in an apparent effort to block an election bill, could face arrest when they return to the state.
During an interview on Newsmax, Paxton did not mince his words when discussing
“If you care about the Constitution, there are constitutional obligations to emerge when there is a session and represent the people they are elected to represent,” Paxton said.
“We have a minority of Democrats who decided that they are not going to let any other legislator vote, so they’re not even going let other legislators do their obligation,” he added.
Paxton added, “It’s pellucidly an infringement of the law.”
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is taking a hardline approach with Democrats who have fled the state.
When he appeared on Fox News on Monday night, the Texas governor said the Democrats who fled the state will be arrested when they return.
On Tuesday, the Texas House voted 76-4 to have the Sergeant-at-Arms send for the Democrats who fled.
“Isn’t that the most un-Texan thing you’ve ever heard? Texans running from a fight? They’re quitters,” he said on Fox News.
“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,” he added.
“We have special sessions that last 30 days, and the governor calls them and I will continue calling special session after special session because over time it’s going to continue until they step up to vote,” he said.
“The thesis that they are operating under is completely false because what the Texas law does, doesn’t hinder anybody’s ability to vote. And in fact, interestingly, what Texas is seeking to do is to add additional hours to vote. Texas has 12 days of early voting and the hours of which will be expanded. And we will ensure that hours are expanded on Election Day also. So their entire thesis is completely wrong. And compare early voting in Texas with early voting that we have in Delaware. Texas has 12 days of early voting. Delaware has zero days of early voting. Why am I picking on Delaware? Because that is where the President himself voted in the last election. And if anybody wants to talk about voter suppression, they should be talking about Delaware, not Texas,” he added.
“And that’s one reason why they’re losing the arguments with regard to voting on this issue and other issues in the state of Texas,” the governor said.
Abbott said: “But I want to point this out for your viewers who are watching from Texas because by the Democrats fleeing, they’re also fleeing what we’re trying to achieve by cutting your property taxes and by making sure that we secure the border, by funding very important projects such as law enforcement in communities that have high crime. And so by fleeing the state of Texas, they’re doing more than just appealing to the President. They’re using taxpayer money on this political junket to Washington, D.C., to prevent us from passing laws that will make our communities better.”