As a Texan who has lived all over the world, I can affirm that Texans do things a bit differently than folks in other parts of the country.
Case in point: While members of most state legislatures resolve disputes over serious issues such as illegal immigration with an air of civility, Texans resolve those matters as they always have, fisticuffs and death threats.
Such was the case in the Texas State Capitol today as hundreds of protesters gathered to protest SB4, the controversial Texas bill banning sanctuary cities.
Irate over the brazen arrogance of illegal alien protesters who carried signs proudly claiming that they are illegal and they are in Texas to stay, GOP legislator Matt Rinaldi contacted ICE to remove (deport) the illegals.
Rinaldi announced this to a group of fellow legislators and was immediately assaulted by one Democrat colleague, while others were being held back. One Hispanic lawmaker threatened to “get” Rinaldi when he left the building to go to his car. In return, Rinaldi threatened to “put a bullet in his head.”
Some things never change, at least not in Texas.
From The Washington Times
Democratic members of the Texas Legislature reportedly assaulted and threatened a Republican colleague over his call to immigration authorities, prompting the GOP lawmaker to say he’d defend himself with deadly force if the Democrats followed through on their threats.
Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Irving Republican, said the altercation began when he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to repeated disruptions of the day’s proceedings by illegal-immigrant demonstrators over a bill targeting sanctuary cities.
According to the account he posted on social media, when Mr. Rinaldi told a group of Democrats on the floor that he had done this, he was “physically assaulted” by Rep. Ramon Romero, Fort Worth Democrat, and other Democrats had to be held back by lawmakers.
Shortly after the widely-seen altercation on the House floor, several Democratic lawmakers held a press conference where they accused Mr. Rinaldi of saying he would “put a bullet in the head” of one of their members at a second scuffle, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Rinaldi’s statement acknowledged saying words to that effect but said they were a warning after a similar threat from Rep. Poncho Nevarez, Eagle Pass Democrat.
“During that time, Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point and he would get me,” Mr. Rinaldi posted.
At that point, Mr. Rinaldi made the deadly-force threat that already had been reported by the multiple news outlets.
“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self-defense,” Mr. Rinaldi wrote, adding that he was now under the protection of the Texas state police.
“Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me,” his statement concluded.
A statement regarding today. pic.twitter.com/M0BcBXa43P
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) May 29, 2017