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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
Governor Bill Lee made some remarks about the Jan. 6th, 2021 hearings to reporters on Tuesday after speaking to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce in Franklin at the Safeguarding Tennessee from Illegal Trade Event.
When asked about the commission’s work, Lee called the U.S. House’s current hearings into what transpired at the U.S. Capitol a “big distraction.”
“I think we should be a little more focused, as I am, with what’s happening today in America,” Lee said. “And frankly, from my perspective, there’s a lot of national politics surrounding what happens in D.C. I’m focused on what’s happening in Tennessee.”
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While the commission investigates what they say is an “insurrection” and an attempt by former President Donald Trump to pressure officials into overturning the 2020 election results, Lee shared an alternate view.
“It’s simply breaking the law and should be treated as such,” said Lee. “People should recognize it as such.”
A poll released last month shows that Lee shares the opinion of the majority of Tennesseans about the events at the U.S. Capitol last January. In the statewide poll, results show that 51% of Tennessee voters believe that Jan. 6th was a legitimate protest. Less than half believe Biden won the election fair and square.
Lee was also asked how Jan. 6th events ought to be presented to school children.
“I spoke to that when it occurred,” said Lee. “It’s lawlessness what occurred there and it should be dealt [with] that way and it has been. And people have been investigated and arrested through the court system.”
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at email@example.com.