Texas Democrats, having fled their state in order to prevent the legislature from assembling a quorum and thus considering election reforms, broke into song as they spoke to reporters on Tuesday, singing (if one could legitimately call it that), “We will overcome. We will overcome. We will overcome. Someday. Deep in our hearts, I do believe, we shall overcome someday.”
Texas House Democrats just broke into song during a press conference on Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/h9lMfa4tHN
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 13, 2021
Apparently the Democrats wanted to liken their fleeing from Texas and their defiance of the Texas legislature as something in the manner of the civil rights movement, as the song “We Shall Overcome” has been regarded as an anthem of that movement.
Texas Democrats start singing “We Shall Overcome” during their press conference in DC after leaving the state to prevent quorum on an election integrity bill
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 13, 2021
Texas Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett blubbered:
“These courageous colleagues chose not to be accomplices by sitting at their desks and being steamrollered in Austin. No matter what they do, Greg Abbott and his group of extremists will never change.”
At least 51 of 67 House lawmakers boarded chartered flights to Washington, D.C., to protest in support of the For The People Act, which would shift much authority over election processes from the states to the federal government. The walkout comes after Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a special session of Congress to focus on legislative priorities such as election reforms that were blocked when Democrats broke quorum earlier this year.
Abbott reacted by stating, “
Texas Democrats’ decision to break a quorum of the Texas Legislature and abandon the Texas State Capitol inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve. As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state. The Democrats must put aside partisan political games and get back to the job they were elected to do. Their constituents must not be denied these important resources simply because their elected representative refused to show up to work.”
The Lone Star governor vowed to arrest every single absconding lawmaker upon their return to the state. The Republican-led Texas legislature agreed, voting overwhelmingly to send law enforcement to find and return the lawmakers who fled in protest.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney