Texas Lawmakers Want Apology to Entire State After Hastings Calls It 'Crazy State'

Texas Republicans issued a one-sentence rebuttal to Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) for his comments during a Monday Rules Committee meeting.

In debating with Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) over the latest Obamacare repeal bill, Hastings referenced his colleague’s home state, “which I think is a crazy state to begin with, and I mean it just as I said it.”


As the two fought over speaking time, Burgess complained that Hastings “made a very defamatory comment about my state, and I will not stand here and listen to it.”

Hastings has not apologized. House Texas Republicans issued a joint statement today: “Don’t mess with Texas.”

The lawmakers also called on Hastings to apologize to the citizens of Texas.


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