TX State Senator Says She Won’t Be ‘Deterred’ By Trump’s ‘Destroy’ Threat

AP

Texas state Sen. Konni Burton (R) said on Wednesday that she “will not be discouraged nor deterred” by President Donald Trump’s offer to “destroy” the career of an unnamed Texas state senator over legislation a sheriff disagreed with.

“I will not be discouraged nor deterred. The moment for reform of our system of asset forfeiture has arrived,” Burton wrote in a statement obtained by TPM Wednesday.

She said she has “never met with” Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson, who complained about the legislation in a listening session at the White House on Tuesday, but that she takes “exception to his comments.”

Eavenson referred to the state senator, whom the sheriff declined to identify, as “him” and “he” in his remarks to Trump on Tuesday.

“State senator in Texas, he was talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we could receive that forfeiture money,” he said. “I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed.”

“Who’s the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career,” Trump replied.

Eavenson later told the Dallas Morning News that he did not take Trump’s offer literally.

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