The arrest and jailing of a Texas salon owner for operating her business during ordered shutdowns is yet another example of the overreach of officials who are "drunk on power," Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Thursday.
"They think we are stupid and they are drunk on power," the Texas Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "Americans are sick of it. This is why you are seeing people rise up. They have a sense of these so-called leaders, these so-called judges, they have a sense that they are not actually implementing the laws because these aren't laws, these are executive orders."
Shelley Luther, owner and operator of Salon A La Mode in Dallas, was sentenced to seven days in jail and fined $7,000 after she refused to admit to a judge that she was being "selfish" by keeping her salon open, insisting she stayed in business so she could feed her children.
Crenshaw said that Americans can understand if a law makes sense or if it's based on public health data, but there are a lot of rules being passed that "don't make sense."
Meanwhile, Crenshaw criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for keeping the House out of session while planning to return next week for a vote on another coronavirus relief bill.
"We could have been in Congress, in the House, working this whole time," said Crenshaw. "Nancy Pelosi wants the American people to believe that we are only allowed to go and work once every 3 weeks and pass multiple trillion-dollar bills."
The Democrats' playbook, he added is for Americans to stay locked down but be arrested if they don't, to allow businesses to fail, and then to "act like rulers and offer you money. Whose money is that? Your money. It's going to be your taxes that have to be raised."
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