On Monday afternoon, Justin Jones, a Democratic Tennessee state representative who was expelled for leading an anti-gun protest into the state Capitol last month, was reinstated to the House.
According to The Hill, the Nashville Metropolitan Council voted unanimously to reinstate Jones. All 36 members of the council voted to reappoint him as an interim representative for the 52nd District.
Speaking with MSNBC on Sunday, Justin Jones, a now former Democratic Tennessee state representative who was expelled for leading an anti-gun protest into the state Capitol last month, claimed that his removal was due to a "white supremacist system."
"We’re in the midst of a third Reconstruction here in Tennessee that hopefully will have national implications," Jones told MSNBC's Al Sharpton. "But what it means is that this White supremacist system being led by Speaker Cameron Sexton is an attempt to divide and conquer us. But in reality, you see we, the Tennessee Three, we continue to stand together."
During the protest, which took place after a transgender shooter killed six people, including three children, at a private Christian school in Nashville, Jones and fellow Democrat Justin Pearson were expelled for violating House rules. A third Democrat, Gloria Johnson, was spared expulsion by just one vote.
"Though their vote was racist, though their vote was to expel the two youngest Black lawmakers, their attack on democracy hurts all of us, whether you’re Black, brown or White, it's an assault on all of us" Jones continued.
The three led protestors to the House floor to demand stricter gun laws, using bull horns to address the House floor. Republicans said the three Democrat lawmakers were engaged in "disorderly behavior" and said they "did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives through their individual and collective actions."
Despite the controversy surrounding their removal, Vice President Kamala Harris met with The Tennessee Three after their expulsion, while President Joe Biden invited them to the White House. Although they were expelled on Thursday, Jones could return to his seat on Monday as Nashville's metro council seeks to reappoint him, according to Fox News.
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