Gov. Bill Lee has a “philosophical belief” that refugees should be resettled in Tennessee. He is also introducing legislation to get rid of Nathan Bedford Forrest Day because he wants Black Lives Matter activists to know that is where his heart is on the issue.
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Lee’s office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure over the honor, was working on the bill. The office did not provide further details. …
Lee received national backlash in July when he not only signed the Nathan Bedford Forrest proclamation, but also declined to answer reporter questions over whether he thought the law should change. Lee later clarified that he didn’t like signing the proclamation and would prefer to see the law changed.
“While it is my job as governor to enforce the law, I want Tennesseans to know where my heart is on this issue,” Lee said at the time. “Our state’s history is rich, complex and in some cases painful. With this in mind, I will be working to change this law.” …”
I will continue to search for Republicans who have any redeeming qualities and who aren’t just con artists who cater to wealthy donors and business lobbyists.