Rep. Andy Holt Offers Support for Bundy Takeover


Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt caused quite a stir yesterday by tweeting his support for the armed takeover of a federal facility in Oregon by protesters led by the sons of Cliven Bundy.

Holt has since deleted the tweet, but not before it started a firestorm of angry responses. Holt's Twitter feed is full of his repartee with "liberals" and others who don't understand the Constitution as well as he does.

Holt's subsequent tweets compare the armed occupation in Oregon to protests of police shootings in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Then, bizarrely, he insulted a gay Chattanooga city councilman named Chris Anderson, who tweeted criticism of Holt. Holt called him, "girlfriend," then even more bizarrely, invited him to lunch.

Holt has garnered a reputation as an outspoken Tea Party-type Republican, and is notably the sponsor of Tennessee's "Ag-Gag" bill, which would prohibit whistle-blowers from reporting on livestock abuse. Holt is also, notably, a hog farmer.

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