Texas lawmaker says he threatened to shoot other lawmaker in self-defense
By Andrew Shepperson
Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi (Photo: Facebook)
A Texas lawmaker is claiming he was assaulted and verbally threatened by another lawmaker before threatening to use his gun in self-defense.
USA Today reported the altercation started during a demonstration at the Texas House in which hundreds of protesters voiced their opposition to a new law against “sanctuary cities.”
After state troopers cleared the area and protesters were escorted peacefully out of the gallery, Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi reportedly came over to Democratic Reps. Ramon Romero and Cesar Blanco and told them he had called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the protesters.
Rinaldi and Blanco then started yelling at each other and had to be separated by other lawmakers in order to prevent a fight from breaking out.
Democratic lawmakers later claimed during a press conference that Rinaldi had threatened to “put a bullet in the head” of someone during the scuffle on the house floor and said his comment was aimed in the direction of Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevarez.
Rinaldi admitted in a Facebook post to calling ICE and claimed he threatened to shoot Nevarez in self-defense only after Nevarez had threatened him first.
“Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants