The Tennessee House of Representatives expelled two Democrat members Thursday, days after those members allegedly broke House rules via their participation in gun control protests.
Breitbart News reported that three Democrat representatives were considered for expulsion. Those were Reps. Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson.
Of the three, only Johnson was spared expulsion.
Rep. Justin Jones (D) was the first House member to be expelled Thursday and Rep. Pearson was the second.
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Days ago, on April 3, 2023, Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R) explained that the votes were not about peaceful protests. Rather, he suggested the actions allegedly undertaken by Jones, Johnson, and Pearson “[broke] several rules of decorum and procedure on the House floor.” The Tennessean reported that Johnson, Jones, and Pearson allegedly used “a bullhorn” as they “led protestors in the galleries in several chants calling for gun reform.”
Jones was expelled by a vote of 75-26. The push to expel Johnson failed by a vote of 65-30. Pearson was then expelled by a 69-26 vote, according to Action News 5.
Prior to the expulsion votes, Jones, Johnson, and Pearson voted against a school safety bill that would add armed guards to every Tennessee school.
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