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Ted Cruz slams PolitiFact ‘false’ score over absent Texas Democrats after state Supreme Courtroom ruling

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz slammed PolitiFact on Tuesday for score his July assertion that there’s “clear authorized authority to handcuff and put in leg irons” absentee Democratic Texas legislators “false.” 

“The Texas Supreme Courtroom simply agreed with me—unanimously,” Cruz tweeted of the state court docket’s choice ruling Democrats who fled the Capitol over a controversial voting invoice may be civilly detained and returned to the Home chamber. 

“However, after all, PolitiFact nonetheless guidelines the declare ‘false.’ They’ve but to difficulty a correction,” he wrote. 

Texas Home Speaker Dade Phelan issued civil arrest warrants on Tuesday for 52 errant Democrats staying away from the Capitol to dam Republicans from shifting the laws ahead hours after the Supreme Courtroom ruling. 

Cruz retweeted RealClearInvestigations senior author Mark Hemingway who wrote “Ted Cruz is the previous Solicitor Basic of Texas, however hey I’m positive the PolitiFact author who spent 90 minutes researching this is aware of Texas legislation higher than he does.”

Cruz was appointed as solicitor basic within the state in 2003. 


Texas legislation permits for absent legislators to be compelled to return however PolitiFact took difficulty with Cruz’s “handcuff” and “leg irons” declare because the Democrats gained’t face legal costs. 

There isn’t any precedent within the state for bodily forcing a lawmaker again to the chamber, PolitiFact reported, noting it will be a novel scenario if any Democrats refuse to adjust to legislation enforcement’s request they return.

Cruz made the assertion to a reporter a day after greater than 50 Democrats fled the Capitol. Weeks later, they nonetheless haven’t returned. 

“I simply query whether or not [the Texas Department of Public Safety] or anybody can break down my door to return and put me in shackles and drag me there,” Democratic state Rep. Vikki Goodwin instructed the Dallas Morning Information Tuesday. “I really feel sure that I can keep in my residence, and keep off the Home flooring.”

PolitiFact stated it rated Cruz’s remark false as a result of he stated there was “clear authorized authority” within the state’s structure to handcuff absent lawmakers who have not dedicated a criminal offense. 

The very fact-checking group referred to as Cruz’s declare that bodily pressure was allowed a “grey space of the legislation.”

“I am not going to argue with the junior senator about this, however what I am saying is there is no precedent anyplace for any of this,” Randall Erben, a College of Texas College of Regulation adjunct professor instructed PolitiFact. Erben is a former aide to Gov. Greg Abbott. “He might have discovered some authority someplace from someplace, but it surely’s not going to be related or on level to the interpretation by a court docket of competent jurisdiction, which underneath the Structure is the one authority that anyone has to do that.”


Cruz’s workplace instructed PolitiFact in an announcement that the “clear authorized authority” stemmed from the U.S. Structure and a 1988 incident during which an Oregon legislator was returned to the statehouse by pressure. 

“Pretending that the legislation doesn’t clearly permit for the arrest and potential bodily compulsion of delinquent legislators is patently absurd,” Cruz spokesman Steve Visitor instructed PolitiFact. 

Cruz did not instantly reply to Fox Information’ late-night request for remark. 


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