Texas Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was arrested and taken into police custody for a few hours on Thursday during a voting rights protest at the Capitol, according to the Washington Examiner.
The incident unfolded when Lee, a longtime liberal lawmaker representing Texas’ 18th District, joined a group of fellow demonstrators outside the Senate Hart Office Building and disregarded warnings from the Capitol Police to disperse.
It was not long after those warnings were issued that Jackson Lee and others had their wrists zip-tied and were led away into waiting police transport, as Fox News further noted.
Clearly quite proud of her moment in the spotlight, the 71-year-old legislator took to Twitter to post photos of her arrest and to declare the entire episode “good trouble,” in reference to the late Democrat Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who regularly used the term to describe demonstrations in which he participated during the civil rights era.
“I will NEVER stop fighting for Voting Rights! The time is NOW to move the voting rights bills in the US Senate forward!!” she wrote, referencing sweeping election reform proposals pending in the upper chamber, alongside a photo of herself being led away by police in zip tie handcuffs.
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) July 29, 2021
In an effort to dispel what to most observers was the appearance of opportunistic grandstanding, Jackson Lee explained, “I did not do this frivolously or precipitously in terms of making a commitment to spend time in jail,” as KHOU-11 reported.
“I believe when you are getting into good trouble, when you realize the 15th Amendment has guaranteed the fundamental right to vote, any action that is peaceful action of civil disobedience is worthy and more to push all of us to better and to do more,” the congresswoman said in a video she later posted to Twitter.
As BizPacReview pointedly noted, the lawmaker’s self-proclaimed, sacrificial homage to Lewis — done in opposition to the electoral integrity laws being passed by states across the country to thwart vote fraud — only inconvenienced her to the tune of fewer than three hours in custody and $100 in bail.