Obama Pours Fuel On Major Issue
Late on Thursday, ex-President Barack Obama commented on the expulsion of Tennessee legislators who had taken part in a House floor demonstration against gun violence, stating that it was a “demonstration of weakness” and that attempting to suppress dissenting voices would not result in progress.
According to The Hill, Obama attempted to rile up the liberal base and wrote, “What happened in Tennessee is the latest example of a broader erosion of civility and democratic norms. Silencing those who disagree with us is a sign of weakness, not strength, and it won’t lead to progress.”
He further stated that it is not fair to dismiss elected officials for raising their voices, especially when the protests are aimed at safeguarding children.
“This nation was built on peaceful protest. No elected official should lose their job simply for raising their voice – especially when they’re doing it on behalf of our children,” Obama added.
On Thursday, President Biden following in Obama’s footsteps and criticized the expulsion, describing it as “undemocratic” and “shocking.” He has been advocating for gun control legislation since the Nashville school shooting and highlighted that 7,000 Tennesseans, including numerous students, marched to the state capitol to urge lawmakers to take necessary actions.
Moreover, the president held Republican officials responsible for the absence of gun control measures, accusing them of endorsing hazardous bills that threaten the safety of our schools, places of worship, and communities.
On Thursday, in the Tennessee House, controlled by Republicans, a vote was held, resulting in 72-25 and 69-26 in favor of expelling State Representative Justin Jones (D-Nashville) and State Representative Justin Pearson (D-Memphis), respectively, due to their involvement in recent protests. Representative Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville), who also took part, managed to avoid being expelled by the vote.