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Monday, May 29, 2017

Thing Get Out of Hand In the Texas Legislature

Time for another entry in the bizarre file.  A Republican state rep in Texas was assaulted on the floor of the legislature by a Democrat rep.  Here's what's being reported so far:

1.  There was a protest in the gallery of the legislature by people who held signs saying that they were illegals and they opposed the law that bars cities or counties from being Sanctuary Cities, etc.

2.  Matt Rinaldi, a GOP representative says that he called ICE to report these illegal aliens.

3.  It's unclear if the call by Rinaldi had anything to do with this, but police came and arrested the protesters in the gallery.  They would have been arrested with or without a call because they were disrupting the session.

4.  Rinaldi says he told a Democrat on the floor of the chamber that he had been the one to call ICE.  According to Rinaldi, the Democrat pushed him but was then restrained by his fellow legislators.

5.  At that point, Rinaldi says that two Democrats threatened him with violence once he left the chamber.  "I'll get you in the parking lot" was one threat.  Rinaldi says that he answered with"I'll shoot you in self-defense."  (You really have to love Texas; such drama!)

6.  One Democrat says that he heard Rinaldi threaten to shoot one of the Democrats.

I'm leaving out the names of the Democrats, because they have not gone on record yet as far as I can tell, and it's hard to get a clear picture of what exactly happened.

There is no doubt, however, that Rinaldi, the Republican, was assaulted by one of the Democrats.

After the non-stop coverage of the Montana Republican candidate who hit the reporter a few days ago, I'm wondering if this will get much coverage at all.  After all, it's a Democrat hitting a Republican rather than vice versa.  I doubt you'll see this on the front page of the NY Times.

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