The Daily Show's John Oliver took the Texas Republicans to task for shutting down the 13-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, and for their little stunt where they were going to cheat and pretend the vote came in before the deadline at midnight.
They made a “big mistake” by missing the incredible filibuster conducted by State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), he explained. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s special session ended. The legislation would close all but five abortion clinics in the state.
“Is five abortion clinics in 269,000 square miles really so bad?” Oliver mockingly wondered. “Think about it. Texas will still have three more abortion clinics than it has Six Flags amusement parks.”
“So if Senator Davis can talk 13 hours, Texas women won’t have to drive 13 hours to get an abortion,” he explained. “Ok. How hard can that be?”
After hitting the Republicans for the ridiculous reasons they came up with to shut down the filibuster, Oliver took a final swipe at them for their attempt to pretend like the vote took place before midnight.
“They simply believe that if late one night when you’re swept away by your emotions, you make a stupid mistake, you should always have a chance to fix it later and not have to live with the consequences,” Oliver explained.