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Tue Apr 11, 2023, 01:46 AM Apr 2023

A Tennessee RNC member says vote to expel 2 Democratic lawmakers over a gun control protest hurt the [View all]

A Tennessee RNC member says vote to expel 2 Democratic lawmakers over a gun control protest hurt the GOP brand: 'You've energized young voters against us'


A member of the Republican National Committee from Tennessee said that the vote by the GOP-led Tennessee House of Representatives to expel two Democratic lawmakers for their gun reform protests "didn't help" the party's brand and has now "energized young voters against us."

Oscar Brock, commenting on the Republican-led decision to expel state Reps. Justin Jones of Nashville and Justin Pearson of Memphis over their calls for action after the mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, told The New York Times that the repercussions of the GOP effort went beyond the loss of political support.

"If my job, along with other members of the RNC, is to protect the brand of the Republican Party, this didn't help," he told the newspaper. "You've energized young voters against us. Worse than squandering support, you've made enemies where we didn't need them."

Even in a state House that's dominated by Republicans — with the party holding 75 out of the 99 seats — Brock said that there are politically-competitive areas throughout Tennessee where voters have been paying close attention to the situation in Nashville. He said that legislative Republicans could still remain true to the Second Amendment while also listening to colleagues and constituents who would like to see gun safety measures put into place.

"Even in Tennessee, we have swing districts in the State House and Senate," he told The Times, "and if you've angered tens of thousands of students and presumably their parents, you could theoretically expose yourself to a united front."
And yet the TN GOP is only only doubling down. SunSeeker Apr 2023 #1
damn skippy B.See Apr 2023 #2
"A Tennessee RNC member says every action GOPers take makes people hate them." royable Apr 2023 #3
I dunno, maybe they feel a need to keep proving it. calimary Apr 2023 #9
Hubris Sugarcoated Apr 2023 #4
+1 Deminpenn Apr 2023 #16
The goal of every thinking American should be to vote out every Republican. Hermit-The-Prog Apr 2023 #5
THIS RIGHT HERE 👆👆👆 BumRushDaShow Apr 2023 #12
Duh...you reckon? littlemissmartypants Apr 2023 #6
Is he blaming the media? Or is it just early? COL Mustard Apr 2023 #7
FAFO 3catwoman3 Apr 2023 #8
Time for young people to claw some of the seats back AND "expel" Marsha Blackurn BumRushDaShow Apr 2023 #10
Whoa JustAnotherGen Apr 2023 #11
That's his job? justgamma Apr 2023 #13
GOP brand: Hatred, greed, dishonesty, selfishness, demagoguery live love laugh Apr 2023 #15
GOP brand fishing for votes by demonizing marginalized groups BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 2023 #17
They have a stranglehold on the voting apparatus. They don't care. live love laugh Apr 2023 #14
Nonsense. Stay the course. Rename the airport after Donald Trump! dalton99a Apr 2023 #18
How come the Finding Out is so painful, when the F**king Around is so much fun? tanyev Apr 2023 #19
Wow, one RNC member with a brain. sinkingfeeling Apr 2023 #20
Gee ya think?? jcgoldie Apr 2023 #21
Ha Ha! n/t librechik Apr 2023 #22
No shit, Sherlock... PCIntern Apr 2023 #23
Well come on, Oscar! gratuitous Apr 2023 #24
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