Rep. Katie Porter, a Democrat, snapped at journalist/commentator Piers Morgan on Friday when he dared to compare Tennessee state Reps. Justin Pearson and Justin Jones to the Jan. 6th rioters.
Morgan made the comparison on the latest episode of HBO’s “Real Time” after host Bill Maher asked for his guests’ opinions on the two lawmakers.
As previously reported, the Tennessee lawmakers were justifiably expelled from their positions earlier this month (though they were later reinstated) after they joined a mob of unruly gun-control protesters into the Tennessee State Capitol to try and prevent Republicans from moving forward with legislation.
‘An Easter miracle’: Justin Jones return to TN House treated as a ‘resurrection’ by MSNBC https://t.co/XknNTvXUOg pic.twitter.com/linv1u0Jjm
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 11, 2023
Morgan replied to Maher’s question by pointing out that the unruly mob led by Pearson and Jones had “interrupted the proceedings.” He then made a salient point about the Democrats’ reaction to this interruption.
“When that happened on Jan. 6th in a much larger and more violent way, all the people currently cheering on the two Tennessee legislators were the ones who would have been condemning and castigating what happened,” he said.
Fair point, right? The Jan. 6th rioters had tried to do something similar — interrupt proceedings to specifically prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
This prompted Porter to cut in to complain, “You’re not actually comparing …”
Weirdly enough, Morgan insisted that he wasn’t making the comparison that he clearly was making.
“No, no, I’m not,” he claimed.
He continued by stressing that it’s all about principles.
“Here is what I’m comparing. When you have a mob of protesters and they’re going into a legislative chamber, whether it’s at the Capitol or whether it’s in Tennessee, the principle is the same. And if you don’t have the same principle response to both of those things, regardless of scale, the principle …,” he said before being cut off by an incensed Porter.
“Listen, the principle is different!” Porter barked at him.
“They were Tennessee legislature — legislators who went into the chamber and admittedly broke the rules of decorum partly because they were being silenced when they wanted to talk following the rules of decorum about gun violence prevention. What happened on January 6th was a bunch of batshit crazy f–kers with guns. That is not the same,” the temper-prone lawmaker continued.
Watch the back-and-forth exchange below:
Maher then jumped into the conversation to predictably take Porter’s side.
“That is terrible analysis,” he said.
“They’re not the same thing, but the principle is the same,” Morgan replied.
“Then why bring it up? That’s a terrible analogy,” Maher pressed.
“A mob of people going in to stop democratic proceedings … it’s not democracy, whether you’re on the right or left,” Morgan stated.
That was another salient point, right? Yet as is typical of leftists, who appear to have no standards but double standards, Porter cried foul.
“What is the principle?” she sarcastically asked.
“The principle is I don’t think a mob of protesters should go into a legislative building to stop the proceedings,” Morgan confidently replied.
To his credit, this time Maher kind of got it.
“These guys are legislators. What I would say to them is, look, I admire your passion. Young people your age are in government. I think that’s good that you want to be in government and not just oblivious to it. The issue, okay, we have a valid point,” he said.
“But you’re in the legislature now. You don’t need the bullhorn. That’s for when you’re out on the street where you have to modulate. This is what — this is what they do on college campuses. We just stop you from talking if we disagree, with a bullhorn or shouting. They have to leave that behind. Now you’re inside. You’re in the building. You got elected. The way to affect changes is to write a law, do it that way,” he added.
Bingo. It’s certainly what Democrats expect of Republicans, no? Yet when Democrats act like crazed fools, it’s evidently perfectly OK — if not even praiseworthy.
Indeed, Pearson and Jones have become folk heroes to the left and their sycophantic allies in the legacy media.
Case in point:
By expelling two Black members of the “Tennessee Three” instead of taking action to stop school shootings, Republicans just gave the Democratic Party bright young new heroes for the future!
Thank you Justin Jones, Justin Pearson and Gloria Johnson! ✊ pic.twitter.com/zwOVpvFEVj
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 7, 2023
What a photo. This will go down in history as the start of a brand new political movement. Let’s all take a moment and thank Justin Jones & Justin Pearson for their courage and bravery. They are inspiration & heroes & a reminder of why we must get in good & necessary trouble. pic.twitter.com/cFrqjH9Wfj
— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) April 7, 2023
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