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Monday, July 15, 2024

Tenn. Insurrectionist Rep. Has History of Violent Protest

'They will try to push a false narrative portraying me as 'violent' as a way to deflect from their own actions...'

(Dmytro “Henry” AleksandrovHeadline USA) Footage of insurrectionist Tennessee state Democrat Rep. Justin Jones stopping cars and assaulting drivers during summer protests outside of the state Capitol in 2020 surfaced Thursday, as Jones was reinstated to the state House after being ousted, along with another Democrat, earlier this week.

In his 2021 tweet, Jones claimed at the time that the narrative that he was violent was false, even though the footage proves otherwise.

“They will try to push a false narrative portraying me as ‘violent’ as a way to deflect from their own actions. They will suggest that I am out of order. That is their strategy. However, I’m hopeful for the chance to present our evidence in a transparent manner,” he tweeted.

In 2021, the local blog Scoop Nashville featured violent footage.

“In June of 2020, Justin Bautista-Jones, better known as ‘Brother Jones’ locally, was one of the publicly visible (often by design) protestors at the State Capitol,” the blog stated.

“He received a lot of pushback from his own community after it was discovered he was often only making appearances when he knew there would be media coverage, and eventually had a falling out with one of the other most visible female members of the group.”

“Throughout the entire time, he has faced over a dozen charges but always denied that he was violent – despite multiple assaults, assault on an officer, and reckless endangerment charges,” the blog added. “In the newly obtained video, one of his assaults was captured, and presented to the Grand Jury – and he was indicted on two counts of reckless endangerment.”

According to the Post Millennial, Jones, who was expelled for inciting an anti-gun trans mob storming of the state Capitol last month, was reinstated to the House on Monday afternoon after the Nashville Metropolitan Council voted unanimously to reinstate Jones, with all 36 members of the council voting to reappoint him as an interim representative for the 52nd District.

Another Democrat politician, Rep. Justin Pearson, who participated in the storming of the Tennessee Capitol was also reinstated.

Jones previously claimed that the reason why he was removed was because of a “white supremacist system.”

“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 said to Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

Jones was previously barred from contacting certain “lawmakers and visiting the legislative building until April 22, 2020,” the Post Millennial reported.

All three politicians who were involved in the storming of the Capitol — Jones, Pearson and Gloria Johnson — voted against a sweeping school safety bill.

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