It was a lively Memorial Day in the Texas state legislature where lawmakers came to blows, protesters nearly rioted, and ICE was called in to deal with illegal immigrants who were flouting the state (and national) laws.
State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, said he called U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement while hundreds of people dressed in red T-shirts unfurled banners and chanted in opposition to the state’s new sanctuary cities law. His action enraged Hispanic legislators nearby, leading to a tussle in which each side accused the other of threats and violence.
In a statement, Rinaldi said state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, “threatened my life on the House floor,” and that Rinaldi is currently under the protection of the Department of Public Safety as a result.
“I was pushed, jostled and someone threatened to kill me,” Rinaldi said. “It was basically just bullying.”
Nevárez said in an interview with the Tribune that he put his hands on Rinaldi and told him to take his argument outside the House chamber. “But was I going to shoot the guy? No,” he said.
After the incident, Nevárez tweeted in response to Rinaldi’s claims: “He’s a liar and hateful man. Got no use for him. God bless him.”
Rinaldi explained it all in a statement he posted on his social media pages.
A statement regarding today. pic.twitter.com/M0BcBXa43P
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) May 29, 2017
Here’s the thing, Democrat Rep. Nevárez basically admits that he laid hands on Rinaldi and that he and his colleagues were mocking the Republicans right along with the protesters. His Democrat colleagues essentially spend most of the Texas Tribune article denying Rinaldi’s claims while also supporting his claims about what was happening all around them. Nevárez expects us to believe him that Rinaldi is a liar, but with the very next breath he affirms most of what Rinaldi said happened.
I wasn’t there. I didn’t see what happened. But I know that this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps happening over and over again in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Democrats get loud, they bully, they eventually get violent but somehow it’s the GOP that ends up being the bad guy. Even in this story, the Texas Tribune allows the violent Democrats to pretend that Rep. Rinaldi did something wrong by alerting the authorities that there were people in the state house who were openly breaking the law. Since when did it become a bad thing for citizens to expect their neighbors to obey the law?
This is what happens when we listen to Democrats.