Nashville Council Votes to Reinstate Disgraced Former Lawmaker After Expulsion

One of the Tennessee legislators who was expelled from the State House for leading a riot into the capitol building will be temporarily reinstated to his seat after the vote of a local council.

As reported by Politico, the Nashville Metro Council met on Monday for a vote to reinstate Representatives Justin Jones (D-Tenn.), one of the two Democratic lawmakers who was removed from the legislature by the Republican supermajority last week.

Jones’ reappointment to the seat is temporary, meant only to fill the vacancy until a special election can be held to fill the remainder of the regular term, although Jones is expected to run again in that election as well. The disgraced lawmaker plans to lead a march on the state capitol to mark his return, which will include such figures as Al Sharpton, a racially divisive figure who is well known for his anti-White rhetoric.

The 27-year-old Jones, along with former Rep. Justin Pearson (D-Tenn.) and Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Tenn.), joined a crowd of rioters who stormed the Tennessee State Capitol on March 30th, out of protest against backlash that the “transgender” community has been facing after a woman who identified as a man carried out a mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville on March 27th. The three lawmakers encouraged the rioters with bullhorns, then led a group of rioters into the House chamber to disrupt the proceedings, forcing a brief adjournment of the legislature for the day while order was restored.

Subsequently, all three lawmakers were removed from their committee assignments, and expulsion votes were held for all three on April 6th, one week after the riot. Jones and Pearson were expelled, while Johnson survived her attempted expulsion by just one vote. Similarly to Jones’ situation, Pearson is expected to be temporarily reappointed to his seat when the Memphis City Council meets on Wednesday for a vote to reinstate him.

Despite leading what could be called an insurrection and using force to disrupt an official proceeding, the Left has attempted to idolize the three Democrats, falsely portraying them as victims of “racism” due to the fact that Jones and Pearson are black. Vice President Kamala Harris made a sudden and unexpected trip to Nashville shortly after the expulsion to meet with the trio, who have since been dubbed the “Tennessee Three.” Some have claimed that the expulsions could lead to a backlash from young and far-left voters in Tennessee, despite the fact that the state still overwhelmingly leans red.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: State Rep. Justin Jones of Nashville listens as Linda Sarsour (C) speaks before Jones is reinstated to his seat in municipal court on April 10, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Democrat was reinstated days after being expelled for leading a protest on the House floor for gun reform in the wake of a mass shooting at a Christian school in which three 9-year-old students and three adults were killed by a 28-year-old former student on March 27. (Photo by Seth Herald/Getty Images)