Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson – one of the Democratic lawmakers that fled Austin for D.C. to deprive the state legislature of a quorum to vote on election integrity legislation – delivered a fiery speech in which she appeared to compare Texas officials threatening her arrest with the act of a slave escaping the plantation.
Speaking in Alexandria, Va., on Friday, Thompson, D-Harris said her caucus “refuse[s] to be a hostage.”
“We refuse to be [hostages]…I am an American and I want to vote.”
We are simply asking for the right to vote. Democrats like Dean @Senfronia4Texas will fight as long as it takes to combat the exclusionary and discriminatory voter suppression attempts by Republicans. #txlege pic.twitter.com/b1WDc14ikK
— Texas House Democrats (@TexasHDC) July 17, 2021
“I know there are search warrants out for us and I’m ready to be arrested,” she said. “What do you do to a slave if you don’t do nothing but arrest them when they flee. We fled Texas and if they want to arrest me, go ahead. I’m ready to be arrested.”
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