Ted Cruz Gets a Haircut at Salon Whose Owner was Jailed, Then Set Free for Operating Against State Orders
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showed up at the Salon a la Mode in Dallas on Friday to receive a hair cut after the salon owner was freed from her Draconian punishment.
Shelley Luther was jailed on contempt of court charges earlier this week, sentenced to seven days behind bars, and subject to $7,000 in fines for refusing to keep her salon closed due to quarantine edicts. This made her a hero, and eventually her case was overturned by the state supreme court.
“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.
“The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately,” he added.
“Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday. “However, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother.”
“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” Abbott explained. “That is why I am modifying my executive orders to ensure confinement is not a punishment for violating an order.”
Cruz was a huge proponent of the state government to giving Luther back her freedom after it was stripped away from her by the courts.
“7 days in jail for cutting hair?? This is NUTS. And government officials don’t get to order citizens to apologize to them for daring to earn a living,” Cruz wrote in another tweet published on Wednesday.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
Cruz showed up at the salon on Friday while wearing a facial covering to receive the haircut. He met with Luther while he was getting his trim and they had a brief discussion about their lives as well as their love of freedom and the great state of Texas.
Luther was sentenced to jail by the Obama-loving District Court Judge Eric Moyé, who attempted to compel Luther to admit she was being selfish for wanting to provide for her family and her community. She refused to humor his abusive tactics.
“I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they would rather feed their kids So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I am not going to shut the salon,” Luther said to the judge.
Luther’s stand ultimately paid off, as hundreds of thousands have been raised in a GoFundMe on her behalf, and she has become a national hero. Civil disobedience is having an incredible impact in pushing back against lockdown overreach.