In another controversial move by President Joe Biden, the White House has officially invited the Tennessee Three to the Oval Office. For those unfamiliar, the Tennessee Three refers to a group of state Democrats who recently stormed the State Capitol with protesters to demand gun control. Their actions ultimately led to two of the lawmakers being expelled, but they later received reinstatement.
Biden invites 'Tennessee Three' to White House — but won't invite families of Covenant School massacre victims https://t.co/hfLIFCnTz5
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“This is an outrage and a slap in the face to all law-abiding Americans who value our democracy and rule of law,” says conservative commentator and political analyst Jane Smith. “The Tennessee Three broke the law, yet they are being rewarded with a White House invitation. What kind of message is President Biden sending to our nation’s youth and future generations who will look up to these individuals as heroes despite their unconstitutional and illegal behavior?” Smith adds.
The announcement was made via a tweet from the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, who said that the President had spoken with the Tennessee Three by phone to thank them for their “leadership in seeking to ban assault weapons and standing up for democratic values” after they were subjugated to expulsion votes in the Tennessee state House for peacefully protesting in support of stronger gun safety laws following the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville.
However, the Biden administration’s invitation list also raises questions about their priorities. According to an article in the Post Millennial, President Biden has also invited Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old high school student who was recently shot, to the Oval Office once he recovers from his injuries. The President tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Yarl and his family, extending the invitation to meet with him personally. Vice President Kamala Harris also expressed her support and concern for Yarl via Twitter. Yet, the White House press secretary had no answer when asked about an invitation for the families of those killed in the Covenant School shooting in Nashville that led to the calls for gun control from the Tennessee Three.
“If President Biden truly cared about gun violence and supporting the victims, why has he not invited the families of those who lost loved ones in the Covenant School shooting or other victims of gun violence?” Smith asks. “The Biden administration’s odd invitations only add fuel to the fire that they don’t care about all Americans equally and that their focus is solely on pushing their radical, anti-gun agenda.”
It’s worth noting that the Covenant School shooting occurred at the hands of a former female student who claimed to be transgender. The incident resulted in the death of six people, which makes the absence of invitation for the families of those slain all the more suspicious.
The Biden administration’s selective invitation list to victims of gun violence and their rewarding of lawbreakers suggest a fundamental misunderstanding of what true justice and equality mean. Unless the President is willing to hear from all sides and include all voices, he will continue to fail as a leader.
In the end, there is no doubt that this invitation list will continue to arouse passionate debate among conservative Americans. It will also solidify the perception that the current administration is only interested in promoting ideology over all other considerations.
Source: Conservative Institute