State Capitol Becomes Madhouse After GOP Expel Democrats After Reps Incite Riot on Floor


Remember when Democrats wanted members of Congress expelled from office after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion, calling the lawmakers “insurrectionists” and “treasonous?”

Here’s the shocker of the century: For the party of the donkey, that only works one way.

Tennessee Democrats cried foul — literally — as the state House voted Thursday to expel two of the three liberal lawmakers who led an invasion of the Capitol to demand gun control laws just days after a transgender shooter killed six people at a Christian school in Nashville.

Reps. Justin Jones of Nashville and Justin Pearson of Memphis were expelled for their role in leading the mob that stormed the Capitol, according to The New York Times. Lawmakers fell one vote short of expelling another Democrat involved in the riot, Rep. Gloria Johnson of Knoxville.

The expulsion resolutions, introduced by state House Republicans, said the three “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives through their individual and collective actions” and “generally engaged in disorderly and disruptive conduct.”

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A two-thirds vote in the 99-seat house was needed for expulsion.

On March 30, anti-gun and pro-trans demonstrators entered the chambers and interrupted legislative proceedings, in addition to attacking Tennessee State Troopers who had been brought in to ensure lawmakers could safely get to the chambers in the first place.

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The chamber floor had to be vacated.

Despite the security threat they helped engender — including attacks on law enforcement officers — the three legislators remained defiant. This was their unintentionally hilarious entrance to the House chamber on Thursday:

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Not exactly Tommie Smith and John Carlos-type stuff, that.

Protesters, seemingly unaware that storming a government building isn’t considered a good look by the left anymore, were there as well:

Video showed the demonstrators in the chamber shouting “fascists” as the vote took place:

In addition to the accusations of fascism (which, let’s face it, are strange at a democratically conducted procedure condemning lawmakers who led a violent mob — violent mobs usually being a feature of fascism, not democracy), protesters also chanted, “No more silence, end gun violence,” and “Free, free, free, free the Tennessee Three,” according to Fox News.

The Tennessee State Capitol demonstration was the most violent of three protests at state capitols that took place in the days after 28-year-old Audrey Hale killed six people, including three children, at The Covenant School in Nashville.

The other two protests — in Florida and Kentucky — involved leftist outrage over legislation involving transgender-related issues specifically pertaining to minors.

Now, here’s the great irony. From a Wednesday report in The Tennesseean: “House leadership later likened the trio’s behavior to an ‘insurrection,’ a characterization House Democrats decried last week.”

Oh, now we’re decrying the promiscuous use of the “insurrection” tag.

Don’t get me wrong: Employing the same tactics as the enemy is sometimes counterproductive. One understands that the Golden Rule of politics is, “Do unto others as they do unto you.” However, by invoking the I-word, it tacitly lends credence to the left’s posturing over the U.S. Capitol incursion.

Thanks to newly released footage of the events of Jan. 6, we now know what we long suspected: There was no “insurrection,” “threat to democracy” or anything of the sort. A bunch of chaos tourists enabled by matador-like security basically waving them into the Capitol Building created moderate havoc, and then the National Guard put an end to the moderate havoc. There you go.

Instead, we got a kangaroo commission to investigate the events of that day. Multiple lawmakers have broken out in tears over what happened. It’s been called worse than 9/11.

But when the same thing happens in multiple state capitols? Hold those fists high, “Tennessee Three”! No “threat to democracy” here, despite the obvious physical threat posed to lawmakers and law enforcement by the protests — and certainly not an “insurrection.”

Oh, and by the way, now that two of the three lawmakers have been expelled, there’s a new complaint: The two who were kicked out of the state House were black, while the one who almost got kicked out was white. Johnson, who will retain her seat, said the vote “might have to do with the color of our skin,” according to National Review.

To quote Gilda Radner’s “Saturday Night Live” character Roseanne Rosanna Danna: “It’s always something.” Just not insurrection or a threat to democracy — at least this time.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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