‘Cowards’: Texas Dems caught gloating in private jet with a case of beer as they abscond their duties

When the going gets tough, Democratic lawmakers have pretty much established by now that they will flee — then again, this is the party that makes up the rules as they go along, as the late Alcee Hastings once proclaimed.

The nation saw this a few years ago in Wisconsin when Democrats took the extreme measure to protect labor unions, and again on Monday in Texas when Democrats fled a legislative session for Washington, D.C., to prevent a quorum ahead of the anticipated passage of a voter integrity bill.

Reveling in all the attention they’re getting for what is being billed as a “flee-ibuster,” the lawmakers have been eagerly documenting their flight on social media. But state Rep. Julie Johnson opened the entourage up for serious scorn when she included a photo of a number of them on a bus — sans masks — along with a case of beer.

The tweet would eventually be deleted, but the internet is forever and screengrabs of the photo continued to circulate.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, shared the photo while tweeting: “Smiling House Dems fly off to DC on a private jet with a case of Miller Lite, breaking House quorum, abandoning their constituents, while the Senate still works. It’s my hope that Senate Dems report tomorrow to do what they were elected to do. We will vote on #SB1.”

As for attention, while it’s not clear exactly when the Democratic lawmakers plan to return to Texas, but Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to arrest them when they do — talk about a showdown at high noon.

“Once they step back into the state of Texas, they will be arrested and brought to the Texas capital and we will be conducting business,” Abbott said Monday evening in an interview on Fox News.

Democrats and their media allies justify their actions by claiming Republican efforts to ensure a fair vote amounts to voter suppression, recklessly throwing around terms like “Jim Crow.”

Mollie Hemingway, a Fox News contributor, summed the tactic up perfectly in a tweet this week.

“‘Voter suppression’ is the Democrats’ propaganda term for even the most basic election integrity laws. Dems/media view election security as an existential threat to their power and are escalating their rhetoric against those who seek free, fair, secure elections. Very dangerous,” she tweeted.

Confident that much of the national media is in their corner, the Democrats have no shame in their game. Hell, Texas state Rep. Diego Bernal even flaunted his embrace of critical race theory, the toxic concept that claims America is an irredeemable racist nation.

But that case of beer… here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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