Abbott threatens Dems with arrest for leaving the state just before voting on elections bill

By Jenny Goldsberry

Texas Governor Greg Abbott appeared on The Ingraham Angle to react to Democrat state lawmakers leaving the state to avoid a voting session. Five Democrats broke quorum Monday by jumping on a plane to Washington D.C.. As a result, Abbott is threatening arrest.

“Once they step back into the state they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol and we will be conducting business,” Abbott told host Laura Ingraham. Arrests would include Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner, Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael AnchĂ­a, Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Nicole Collier, Legislative Study Group Caucus Chair Garnet Coleman and Dean Senfronia Thompson.

Meanwhile, the Democrats say they are fighting the good fight. “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,” they wrote in a statement.

But Abbott is not letting up, using his executive power to coerce them back to the lone star state. “We have special sessions that last 30 days and the governor calls them, Abbott said. “I will continue calling special session after special session because over time it is going to continue until they step up to vote.”

Later, he also tweeted that these Democrats’ constituents have been “denied important resources.”

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