Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-TX) called herself “brave” on Twitter for fleeing the state in protest of an election bill and then asked for help to boost her account.
What she wrote: Beckley posted the tweet on Tuesday evening.
“I’m one of the brave Texas Democrats who came to D.C. to fight for voting rights in my state. Now, I’m fighting to flip a seat held by an anti-democracy Republican. I have 28,500. Can you help us get to 50,000 followers?” she tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet, she shared a link where her followers can donate to her campaign.
Worth noting: It appeared that her tweet worked to some extend. By early Wednesday, her account had 40,2012 followers, up from 28,500.
She also received tweets in support of her effort.
Critics slammed Beckley for referring to herself as “brave” and asking for followers.https://twitter.com/samantha_chang/status/1417788871501307904
How we got here: Around 50 Texas Democrats from the state House left Texas for Washington D.C. to prevent state Republicans from passing an election bill. Democrats argue that the bill would make it harder for people in Texas to vote. The GOP says that the legislation would ensure election integrity and safety.
Since the Democrat lawmakers fled Texas, six of them have tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokesperson for the delegation recently announced they will no longer release daily COVID-19 case counts.
“We’re focusing on our daily testing, following and going beyond CDC guidelines, social distancing and wearing masks as much as possible. We’re just not going to release daily counts,” she told NBC News.
Meanwhile, a White House official and a staffer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tested positive for COVID-10 after attending an event in D.C. where the Texas lawmakers were present. Vice President Kamala Harris also met with the Texas lawmakers in D.C. The positive cases among the delegation prompted the vice president to undergo a test as well, which came back negative.
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