State Republican Reportedly Defended Counting Slaves As 3/5ths Of A Person On House Floor

What is WRONG with him?


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A Tenessee Republican somehow defended the three-fifths compromise —  the racist section of Article one, section two of the Constitution that declared that any person who was not free would be counted as three-fifths of a free individual for the purposes of determining congressional representation. The clause increased the political power of slaveholding states and took the power away from people of color.

On Tuesday, Knoxville Republican Rep. Justin Lafferty defended that clause by claiming that its purpose was to bring an end to slavery.

“The three-fifths compromise was a direct effort to ensure that Southern states never got the population necessary to continue the practice of slavery everywhere else in the country,” Lafferty falsely said. “What does that mean? Appropriation based on population. We’ve got nine state representatives. By limiting the number of population in the count, they specifically limited the number of representatives that would be available in the slave-owning states, and they did it for the purpose of ending slavery.”

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That’s just straight-up not true, and Twitter users quickly weighed in.

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Why is that assclown trying to defend the indefensible? I guess it’s a trait you need to join the Republican party.

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