Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee grandstands as third House Dem to be arrested in DC

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was arrested and led away zip-tied to jail in front of strategically positioned journalists and cameras Thursday during a voting rights protest staged in Washington, D.C.

The 71-year-old congresswoman posted photos of her ordeal to Twitter showing her being escorted by a police officer to an awaiting “paddy wagon.” Lee branded it “good trouble” echoing the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

“I felt the minimal I could do is have my liberty denied for a period of time and I was willing to get arrested,” she declared. “I will NEVER stop fighting for Voting Rights!”

“The time is NOW to move the voting rights bills in the US Senate forward!! Enough is enough.” Lee proclaimed on Twitter, “I did not do this frivolously or precipitously in terms of making a commitment to spend time in jail,” she stated according to KHOU-11.

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“I believe when you are getting into good trouble, when you realize the 15th Amendment has guaranteed the fundamental right to vote, any action that is a peaceful action of civil disobedience is worthy and more to push all of us to do better and to do more,” she later tweeted in a video.

Lee disingenuously claimed that the protest and her arrest outside the Hart Senate Office Building were not intended as a publicity stunt. This is at least the third arrest of a Congressional Black Caucus Democrat in recent weeks while participating in pro-voting rights demonstrations in D.C. The other two were Reps. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Lee’s posturing is just the latest incident where Democrats are opposing voter integrity laws in Texas and across the nation meant to ensure that elections cannot be rigged or manipulated by those on the left or by outside entities. They accuse Republicans of attempting to keep minorities from voting when the exact opposite is the case. Many of the proposed laws extend voting hours and places. They also usually include more poll watchers and stricter monitoring of voting. The laws also promote cleaning up voter rolls and requiring voter ID to ensure there is no fraud taking place.

The leftist congresswoman was reportedly held in custody for less than three hours, processed, booked, had her mugshot taken, and paid under $100 for her bail. Following her release, she posted a video crowing about her arrest and then urged the passage of voting rights bills in Congress. It is unknown exactly what she was charged with and what the conditions of her release entailed.

The Harris County Democratic Party in Texas released a statement after Lee was arrested. “Once again we see a Black woman at the forefront of defending our civil rights and leading the fight to save our fragile democracy,” Odus Evbagharu, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, stated. “Congresswoman Lee understands we are at a pivotal moment in the history of our nation, where our sacred right to vote is under grave threat. She recognizes that we all must take action to protect this right.”

Those on Twitter were extremely skeptical of the arrest:


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