A Democratic trio from Tennessee got removed from the General Assembly over their part in a protest that House Republicans from the state defined as an “insurrection.”
On Thursday last week, left-wing activists urged for more relentless gun control laws to dominate the State Capitol.
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During the protest, the Democratic trio including Reps. Justin Jones, Gloria Johnson, and Justin Pearson breached the ethics rules when they arrived at the House chamber platform without being identified to say anything, lashed out at a bullhorn, and took part with activists who voiced from the chamber galleries.
The Republican House Speaker of Tennessee, Cameron Sexton then labeled the protest an “insurrection.”
Earlier this week on Monday, GOP members proposed resolutions to eliminate Johnson, Jones, and Pearson from the General Assembly.
As per the Tennessean:
The resolve explains the removal based on grounds that the lawmakers “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives through their individual and collective actions.”
The committee assignments from the Democratic trio of lawmakers were also taken back, and their entrance to the Capitol was prohibited.
The trio is defending itself against the allegations, claiming that there was no “insurrection” and arguing that House GOP members declined to allow them to speak.
“The three of us were tired of our voice not being heard … and we decided between bills we were going to walk up, we were going to acknowledge the people outside surrounding this building, in the rotunda, and we’re going to speak to their issue and tell them that we are with them, because they needed to hear that.”
“Our mics were cut off throughout the week whenever we tried to bring up the issue of gun violence. When I went outside to support those protesting the Speak [sic] cut off my voting machine—the first time I’ve ever seen that happen. The Speaker refused to let us talk during welcoming and honoring to welcome our constituents—the thousands gathered outside the Capitol building.”
“We get punished for doing something like listening to the people of the state of Tennessee.”
The voting in favor of the removal of the Democratic lawmakers’ trio will be held this week on Thursday.