Tennessee Republicans Show America The True Face Of MAGA
The Republican expulsion of two African-American Democrats from the state House was the next level of MAGA.
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What The Tennessee State House Expulsion Of Democrats Was Really About
Rep. Gloria Johnson the only one of the Tennessee 3 who was not expelled discussed how undemocratic the expulsion process was:
Rep. Johnson said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:
It was just a travesty the process was not -- there was no process there were no rules. We tried to get some information on what the rules were going to be, what the process was going to be. We got nothing and a little bit of direction they would not allow us to bring In any video of our own.
However, when we get there, they make a motion to show their video that we had not seen we don't know who took it. We didn't know how they edited it they promised it was only someone from the floor that day. Turns out it was not it was films from other things we were lied to. We were misinformed. It is scary that this is what's happening to our democratic process.
You know, that's the biggest thing. And that two young men, who are brilliant young men, and they are passionate, and they care deeply about their community to see, you know, people's -- to see how they were questioned in a different way from me. I had some Republican colleagues say things like, "Well, you know, they didn't show contrition," or "The younger generation has a different way of speaking. They have a different way of addressing things. I am a 60-year-old schoolteacher. I might talk a little more level tone and that sort of thing, but it was very clear what this was about.
What Rep. Johnson described is a show trial.
The point of this expulsion process was to punish two African-American members of the House. The expulsions were about white Republicans abusing their power and violating the democratic process to return the state to its dark and very racist roots.
But there is more, but racism is just an element of MAGA authoritarianism. As we will discuss below MAGA is also an attack on democracy.
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