Fight breaks out between Texas representatives on House floor


Monday over 1,000 immigrant rights supporters flooded into the Texas Capitol in protest of the state’s new law against sanctuary cities, and it almost led to a knock-down-drag-out between three representatives on the House floor.

As hundreds of the protesters were chanting in the gallery (and were eventually kicked out), Republican Matt Rinaldi of Irving reportedly told two other Hispanic lawmakers, “F*ck them, I called ICE.”

Rinaldi had reportedly stated to Rep. Ramon Romerio Jr. and to Rep. Cesar Blanco that the protesters were “a disgrace.”

Blanco responded to Rinaldi that Italian immigrants “are just like us,” and Rinaldi said, “Yeah, but we love our country.”

Rinaldi also accused Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevárez of threatening him on the House floor repeatedly, to which he responded that he would “put a bullet in his head.”

“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense,” Rinaldi stated. “I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection.”

Representative Justin Rodriguez told reporters, “There was a subsequent exchange between my brother Poncho and Representative Rinaldi and there was a threat made from Rinaldi to put a bullet in one of my colleague’s heads. That kind of threatening language, he needs to be called out and held accountable for.”

A scuffle erupted between the representatives, which had to be broken up by their fellow lawmakers.

Between the wild ruckus created by the hundreds of protesters, the police having to remove them, and the fight that broke out between the representatives on the House floor, the place turned into a complete madhouse.

The new law against sanctuary cities in Texas is set to take effect September 1.

Rinaldi posted the following explanation of the altercation on his Facebook page:

Below is a video of the protesters who caused such a loud disturbance in the Texas Capitol.

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