As a group of runaway Texas Democrats continued their stay in Washington, DC, they reportedly received a video pep talk from Democratic activist Stacey Abrams on Thursday – and also reportedly met Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Texas State Representative Donna Howard posted a Twitter post Thursday that quoted “inspirational words” from Abrams and included a photo of the video meeting with the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.
“This fight is worth it. The vote is about the ability to have a voice,” Abrams told Texas state lawmakers, according to Howard. “We are finding the power we need to protect our democracy.”
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Texas State Representative Erin Zwiener also tweeted about the video meeting with Abrams.
“Many thanks to @staceyabrams for talking to us today,” Zwiener wrote. His words about ‘the people who never believed in their power’ resonated particularly. We need to speak to people consistently and well before an election. Our organization needs to be about politics, not about people. “
Abrams herself tweeted about the reunion afterwards, claiming that she and the Clintons were both asking for support for two voting bills in Congress.
Hillary Clinton released a statement on the voting rights goals for Texas Democrats ahead of her scheduled meeting with the group, Politico reported.
“The fight to protect our voting rights is the fight to protect our democracy, so we stand by them and applaud their continued efforts to ensure our citizens have access to the polls,” Hillary Clinton said in the statement, according to The media.
TEXAS DEMOCRATS WILL STAY IN WASHINGTON THROUGHOUT THE SPECIAL SESSION
Meetings with Texas Democrats were aimed at building support for two Democrat-sponsored voting bills in Congress, as well as drawing attention to their own cause in Texas.
Thursday’s meetings took place on the same day some of Texas Democrats in Washington were scheduled to testify at a hearing on Capitol Hill regarding voting rights. They also came on the same day that U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Houston, was arrested during a vote for the right to vote in Washington.
The Texas Democrat group fled to Washington earlier this month in an attempt to deny a quorum for a special session of the Texas Legislature in Austin, where lawmakers were to vote on the electoral reform proposals of the Republican majority.
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Republicans in Texas and other states argued that electoral reforms, such as new voter identification rules, are necessary to promote election integrity and prevent voter fraud, while Democrats argued that such measures are veiled attempts to discourage minorities from voting.
Texas Democrats have said they plan to stay in the nation’s capital until the end of the Texas special session in Austin. Texas Governor Greg Abbott threatened to arrest Democrats when they returned to Lone Star State.
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