That seat at that table
It looks like Rep. Sheila Butt is gaining support from at least one fellow member of the House leadership.
GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada (R-Thompson Station) sent out this statement this morning:
“Instead of using their energy attacking conservatives in Tennessee, CAIR should instead refocus their efforts on stopping the spread of radical extremists in their own religion in the United States and across the world.
I call on my colleagues in the General Assembly to join me in defending western values and culture against radical Islam.”
Speaker Beth Harwell also told reporters that she believes Butt “was misunderstood.”
Butt addressed the House today on the topic of her controversial Facebook posts:
“I am so thankful to live in a country where we can have a First Amendment where we can speak our minds…. I’m disappointed some in this body misunderstood. I strongly believe this nation is better off when we all adhere to our Christian values and beliefs. When we all work together to solve the problems that beset every single one of us. And this being divisive and this trying to make something intentionally inclusive to be divisive is something that should not happen in this body,” Butt said.
The Black Caucus held two news conferences after this happened.
I was not there but looking at people’s tweets, it appears as if members denounced Butt’s comments.