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Pushback: Republicans move to expel Democrats who gave aid to rioters in Tennessee statehouse

Riot in Tennessee Statehouse
L to R, Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson stand at
the podium, using a bullhorn to lead protester chants.

Bring a gun to a knife fight: Wasting no time following the riot by protesters that invaded the Tennessee statehouse on March 30, 2023, Republican state legislators have removed from all committees the Democratic Party legislators who gave aid to rioters and are now moving to have them expelled from office.

Resolutions have been filed against Reps. Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson after they led chants from the House floor with supporters in the gallery last Thursday. The resolution declared that the three had participated in “disorderly behavior” and “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives.”

Republican Reps. Bud Hulsey, Gino Bulso, and Andrew Farmer filed the resolutions. They successfully requested Monday that the House expedite the process and vote on the resolutions Thursday.

Not surprisingly, the three legislators threatened with expulsion claimed they did nothing wrong, even though all three shared a bullhorn in the chamber (as shown in the picture above), leading chants for the demonstrators. Justin Pearson proudly touted what he did in a tweet:

We took to the House floor demanding justice to end the support of the NRA, end the support of gun violence, & end support of these guns. [emphasis mine]

You can watch many videos of the riot here, showing how a loud mob attempted to push past Tennessee state troopers to invade the statehouse.

These three elected officials have every right to disagree with the NRA and push for gun control, no matter how ignorant and misguided their agenda might be. They however have no right to lead a riot that shuts down free debate in the statehouse.

The Tennessee Republicans are therefore taking the right and correct action. There must be consequences for violent misbehavior, something that leftists have somehow become exempt from for decades.

The vote on the expulsion was scheduled for tomorrow by a 73 to 23 vote yesterday. Expulsion will require a two-thirds majority, which should be doable as the Republicans control the House by a 75 to 24 super-majority.

Note that this gigantic Republican majority reflects the wishes of the voters of Tennessee. If that majority fails to expel these three misbehaving Democrats, just because it is intimidated by the loud and almost violent actions of small minority, it will then prove not only how worthless it is, but that the voters themselves might not have the courage to stand up to these leftist thugs. As I say, the elected officials reflect the wishes of the voters. Weakness now in the statehouse will indicate weakness at all levels.

We shall find out tomorrow. I will post an update once this vote is taken.

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