MSNBC host Joy Reid compared threats to arrest Texas House Democrats who fled the state throwing a tantrum over an election integrity bill to the Fugitive Slave Act.
“I have to talk to you about this threat to have you all arrested when you return to Texas, and supposedly to track you down like the Fugitive Slave Act is still in force now,” Reid said to Texas Democrat state Rep. Chris Turner on Tuesday. “What do you make of that, those threats?”
The Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850 and signed by President Millard Fillmore of the Whig Party, and mandated runaway slaves be given back to their slaveowners. Reid’s comparison of this awful act to attempts to make lawmakers do their jobs does not hold up.
Joy Reid compares the possibility of arrest warrants going out for Texas Democrats who flew to Washington D.C. to avoid doing their jobs to…the Fugitive Slave Act? pic.twitter.com/KqZOn0GEK2