Texas Democrat State Rep. Michelle Beckley was torched on Twitter for bragging about her “bravery” after abandoning her state and fleeing to Washington, D.C. with over 50 of her colleagues to deny a quorum on voter integrity legislation.
She’s now thrown her hat into the ring to unseat a Texas Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, labeling her opponent as “anti-democracy.”
“I’m a Democrat. I’m a Texan. I’m running for Congress in one of the most competitive districts in the country. And I need your help to flip this seat. Please watch, retweet, and follow this account to join our campaign,” Beckley tweeted including a less-than-captivating campaign video.
“I’m one of the brave Texas Democrats who came to D.C. to fight for voting rights in my state. Now, I’m fighting to flip a seat held by an anti-democracy Republican. I have 28,500. Can you help us get to 50,000 followers?” she tweeted. Beckley followed that tweet with one telling people where they can contribute to her campaign.
I’m a Democrat. I’m a Texan. I’m running for Congress in one of the most competitive districts in the country. And I need your help to flip this seat. Please watch, retweet, and follow this account to join our campaign pic.twitter.com/Zg5AGB7qdj
— Michelle Beckley (@BeckleyforTX) July 20, 2021
My name is Michelle Beckley. I’m one of the brave Texas Democrats who came to D.C. to fight for voting rights in my state. Now, I’m fighting to flip a seat held by an anti-democracy Republican.
I have 28,500. Can you help us get to 50,000 followers?
— Michelle Beckley (@BeckleyforTX) July 21, 2021
In her campaign video, the former mayor of Irving, Texas states, “Generations of Americans have come to Washington, D.C., to learn about our democracy. I came here with over 50 of my colleagues to save it. Leaving our families behind to block Texas’s voter suppression bill.”
Radio host Jason Rantz mocked Beckley and scathingly tweeted, “My name is Jason Rantz. I’m the smartest, wittiest, bravest, and most attractive, charitable, compassionate & humble talk show host in the Pacific Northwest. Remember: never make eye contact & I’ll only drink water with added electrolytes. Now give me money & Twitter follows.”
My name is Jason Rantz. I’m the smartest, wittiest, bravest, and most attractive, charitable, compassionate & humble talk show host in the Pacific Northwest.
Remember: never make eye contact & I’ll only drink water with added electrolytes.
Now give me money & Twitter follows. https://t.co/DJy9TpWfr5
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 21, 2021
Other conservatives lined up to call Beckley out on her “bravery” assertion.
Conservative pundit Stephen Miller slammed the Democrat over her tweet, writing: “Because Texans love politicians campaigning for local seats from Washington DC. Also killing people.”
Because Texans love politicians campaigning for local seats from Washington DC. Also killing people. https://t.co/pqiE75ytOf
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 21, 2021
The Texas Chairman of the Republican Party Matt Rinaldi was cheerfully sarcastic, “Good to hear Democrats have given up on @Bethvanduyne’s seat.”
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) July 21, 2021
By early Wednesday, Beckley’s followers increased on Twitter from 28,500 to 33,700. That is an extremely low level of followers for a politician who has been around as long as Beckley has.
She will go up against U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne, a Republican in the state’s 24th Congressional District, in the 2022 midterm elections. The grasping politico is extremely unlikely to beat Van Duyne.
Beckley took aim at Van Duyne for objecting to the 2020 election results after the Jan. 6 riot. “One of her first acts of Congress was to vote in favor of throwing out millions of ballots to help Trump steal the election. And one of her latest? Asking us to just get over it and move on. Beth Van Duyne can walk away from her duty to defend Democracy, but not me,” Beckley said.
Andrea Corker, who is a campaign spokeswoman for Van Duyne, told Fox News via email: “Beth remains focused on helping North Texans earn new job opportunities and take care of their families while Democrats sort out who is the biggest extremist in their primary campaign.”
The other Republican whom Democrats are targeting in Texas for the 2022 midterm elections is Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas’s 23rd District
Beckley was widely and vigorously mocked on Twitter for her “bravery”:
Her name is Michelle Beckley and she loves to tell lies! Fitting right in w/todays DEM party! She knows no 1 is trying to stop ne1 from voting! We are trying 2 make it harder to cheat! Please donate to whomever she's trying to challenge! https://t.co/U2HXov44mu
— Teresa¯_(ツ)_/¯ Nix 46 Not My President! (@SthrnMomNGram) July 21, 2021
“This might be the bravest thing that anyone has ever done.” – Michelle Beckley
— Chaz Wheeler (@tryna_weaver) July 21, 2021
What bravery it must have taken Michelle Beckley to flee to Washington. Since she’s been there, she’s been wined, dined, and forced to announce a run for Congress.
I will keep this bold legislator in my thoughts as she continues to battle in such dangerous trenches. 🙄 https://t.co/1qm7G8JFUm
— Tyler Smith (@TylerSmithTX) July 20, 2021
Who introduces themselves as brave?
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 21, 2021
I just want to know how someone calls themselves brave right after admitting they ran away from a vote they’d lose.
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) July 21, 2021
and just like covid, wokeism is contagious and dangerous. when do we get a vax for that?
— Lisa (@Lisa_from_SoCal) July 21, 2021
“I’m one of the brave” lol
— Brian King (@KingOrleans) July 21, 2021
If you gotta say your brave then cmon you ain’t
— braushaus (@BorowskyMatt) July 21, 2021
They would have stormed the beach at DDay and given the Gremans Covid. It’s brilliant
— Whiskers, Ph. D (@MisterWhisker12) July 21, 2021
This is looking more like a stunt to increase donations than anything to do with democracy………………………………
— Junior (@Jxynor) July 21, 2021
Putting others at risk by tucking tail and running away from their jobs .They’re wasting our time and our money.
— Chewy (@ChewyWishy) July 21, 2021
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