On April 6, 2023, Tennessee House of Representatives voted to expel Reps. Justin Jones (D) and Justin Pearson (D) from the legislature because of their involvement in a real capitol insurrection.
Jones and Pearson were two of the three lawmakers who joined in protests on the chamber’s floor last week, delaying the session for about an hour.
The vote was 72-25 to remove Jones and 69-26 to remove Pearson. The House also voted 65-30 to expel Rep. Gloria Johnson (D), failing to meet the two-thirds threshold—or 66 votes—for removing a member of the chamber.
On March 30, two days after a shooting at Covenant Elementary School that killed three students and three adults, protests unfolded at the Tennessee Capitol.
Johnson, Jones, and Pearson used a megaphone on the House floor to lead chants with demonstrators in the gallery.
“It was an insurrection,” said House Speaker Cameron Sexton. “…They were trying to incite people, they incited people in the balcony to be disorderly and disruptive to shut us down and try to make us adjourn, which I refused to adjourn. We finished the people’s work.”
Republicans have a 75-24 majority in the House. Article II, Section 12 of the Tennessee Constitution says, “Each house may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member, but not a second time for the same offence…”
Rep. Bud Hulsey (R), Rep. Gino Bulso (R), and Rep. Andrew Farmer (R) introduced the resolutions to expel the three representatives from the chamber.
The resolutions state Johnson, Jones, and Pearson “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives through their individual and collective actions.”
Unlike the January 6, 2021 US Capitol peaceful protest egged on with Deep State police, federal agents and ĺiberal operatives to cause havoc, the Tennessee crowd were actual organized activists.
They rushed the state capitol eventually making it to the balconies overlooking the legislative chamber.
Skirmishes with police commenced and doors were blocked, forcing lawmakers to vacate the premises.
Jones, who took a bullhorn onto the floor, began to yell in solidarity with the insurrectionists, attempting to shut down the legal proceedings.
Rather than being remorseful, Jones rushed to Big Media CNN to assert that Republicans were authoritarians for not allowing the mob to take over.
“Democrats who just arrested a former President and leading candidate of the opposition party now say “democracy” is threatened because the Tennessee GOP legislature voted to expel a Democrat leading an occupation of the state Capitol and a disruption of official proceedings,” noted Dinesh D’Souza.
According to Knox County Elections Administrator Chris Davis, local county officials could choose to appoint temporary replacements for the expelled members to serve until special elections could be scheduled. The governor would be required to schedule special primary and general elections to fill vacancies.
They broke the laws of the senate and were expelled for that…only. Now I read that they have been allowed back in with nothing worse than a slap on the wrist. PC always wins.
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