Well, the 85th session of the Texas Legislature ended in high style yesterday with two or three Texas Democratic Representatives physically assaulting Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-115). Here is a video from Rep. Gene Wu (D-137) showing the ‘peaceful protest’ that started it all:
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) May 29, 2017
Did you hear the Democrats clapping and cheering on the ‘protesters’? This is what passes for ‘peaceful’ for today’s Democrats – disrupting the people’s House and fighting with Texas Department of Public Safety Officers while Democratic elected officials cheer them on.
As Reps. Cesar Blanco, Phil Cortez, and myself celebrated the enthusiasm for civic engagement being shown, Rep. Rinaldi felt the need to break up our appreciation by telling us he had called ICE to deport the protestors in the gallery. Our reactions were honest.
So we have a group of Democratic elected officials encouraging, cheerleading and celebrating the disruption of the House and fighting with DPS officers. Wonderful.
Then what happened? The entire session has been filled with hatred towards a few Texas Republican representatives, with Democrats constantly calling them racist and bigoted. The celebration of lawlessness by Democratic elected officials apparently was too much and Rep. Rinaldi finally had enough. When he saw signs proclaiming “I am illegal and here to stay.” and Democratic elected officials cheering them on, he decided to do something about it. He called the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and advised them that there were people illegally in the country in the balcony in House chambers.
Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said “I am illegal and here to stay.” Several Democrats encouraged the protestors to disobey law enforcement. When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues. During that time Poncho told me that he would “get me on the way to my car.” He later approached me and reiterated that “I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.” I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, “get me,” I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.
So if you see something you know shouldn’t be there—or someone’s behavior that doesn’t seem quite right—say something.
So Rep. Rinaldi sees someone flaunting the fact that they are here illegally. He sees them breaking the law by fighting with Texas troopers. He calls ICE to report the problem. Nevarez says them are fighting words:
Nevárez told BuzzFeed News that he pushed Rinaldi after hearing him tell a group of about four Latino lawmakers “Fuck them, I called ICE on them.” They both started screaming at each other and that’s when Nevárez told Rinaldi they should take it outside.
“I did push him. Where I’m from, those are fighting words,” Nevárez told BuzzFeed News. “We should never condone pushing and shoving but the guy asked for it…I put my hands on him because he needed to get out of there.”
Nevárez said he was shocked to hear that Rinaldi said he would shoot him in self-defense because he never threatened his life.
While the protestors broke decorum by shouting and disrupting the session, Nevárez said the response shouldn’t be to call ICE on a group of brown people.
“How low and sniveling do you have to be to that kind of person, that guy is lower that rattler piss?” Nevárez said. “We need to get these protestors motivated to not just come out to disrupt the chamber but come out to vote.”
What a guy, eh? He admits he pushed and shoved him but hey, he asked for it, right? After all, seeing something and saying something doesn’t count if the person breaking the law is brown. No, that’s only for….who? Pink skin? Black skin? Olive skin? Do we need to consult a brown person before saying something after we see something?
Of course the left is celebrating their new heroes because that is what the left does. Hypocrisy, thy name is Texas Democrat. But about that being motivated to vote thing? You might want to ask President Clinton about that one. Oh wait…..