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Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr has been booted out of the Montana legislature for the remainder of the 2023 season. While the transvestite lawmaker will be able to vote remotely, he will not be able to engage in person with those to whom he has refused to apologize.
Zephyr could have resolved the matter with an apology prior to his supporters storming the Capitol Monday, but has indicated that is outside the realm of possibility.
Zephyr's 'hate-filled testimony'
Last week, Zephyr, born Zachary Raasch, lashed out at his Republican colleagues during a debate over amendments to Senate Bill 99, the "Youth Health Protection Act" — already passed by the state House and Senate.
Zephyr said, "The only thing I will say is if you vote yes on this bill and yes on these amendments, I hope the next time there’s an invocation when you bow your heads in prayer, you see the blood on your hands."
Following the remarks, made less than a month after a transgender extremist shot up a Christian school, Majority Leader Sue Vinton (R) stated, “I will note this is entirely inappropriate, disrespectful, and uncalled for. We can debate matters civilly and with respect for each other.”
In response to Zephyr's hateful ant-Christian comments directed at Republicans, the House voted on April 20 in favor of censure.
Montana House Speaker Matt Regier indicated that Zephyr would need to apologize before once again being recognized on the floor.
Zephyr stressed that he had no intention of apologizing.
Prior to the riot on April 24, Zephyr doubled down, once again accusing Republican lawmakers of causing deaths with their bills protecting children. He underscored, "We will not be complicit in our eradication."
\u201c"Its not enough for them to get the harmful bills through. When someone stands up and calls out their bills for the harm they cause, for the deaths they cause, they want silence. And we will not be complicit in our eradication."\n\nRep. Zephyr responds.\n\nhttps://t.co/cdpsKkfi45\u201d— Erin Reed (@Erin Reed) 1682384348
Conducting a riot
TheBlaze previously reported that on Monday, LGBT extremists stormed the Montana Capitol in support of Zephyr.
They besieged the House doors, crowded the House gallery, and hurled obscenities at the Republican lawmakers below, who were instructed to clear the floor out of concern for their safety.
Meanwhile, Zephyr remained on the floor, holding up a microphone while his supporters swarmed the House gallery.
\u201cBREAKING: The Montana House of Reps has been shut down by left-wing protesters who are there protesting the censure of transgender Democrat Rep. Zooey Zephyr, that was led by the @MTFreedomCaucus, for telling his Republican colleagues they have "blood on their hands" for passing\u2026\u201d— Greg Price (@Greg Price) 1682374006
Montana Highway Patrol, the Helena Police Department, and officers from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office ultimately restored order, carting away several individuals who were charged for criminal trespassing.
Republican Rep. David Bedey said that the LGBT activists had mounted "an assault on our representative democracy," reported the New York Post.
The Montana Freedom Caucus issued a statement after the incident, condemning "the actions of the violent protestors in the capitol building today."
"Representative Zephyr encouraged these actions by standing in the middle of the floor encouraging an insurrection after all members were told to move to the sides and clear the House gallery to remain in a safe location," said the Freedom Caucus. "Due to Zephyr's actions, the Montana Freedom Caucus is calling for immediate disciplinary action against Democrat Representative Zooey Zephyr of Missoula."
The Republican leadership notified the legislature Tuesday evening that at 1 p.m. the following day, "a motion to act with respect to the conduct of Representative Zephyr will be made on the House floor" to determine whether Zephyr had on April 24 "violated the rules, collective rights, safety, dignity, integrity, or decorum of the House of Representatives, and if so, whether to impose disciplinary consequences for those actions."
Lawmakers determined that Zephyr was indeed in violation, voting along party lines to ban the Democratic lawmaker from the House floor.
"Currently all Representatives in the Montana House are free to participate in debate while following House rules. The choice to not follow House rules is one that Rep. Zephyr has made," Regier said in a statement. "The only person silencing Rep. Zephyr is Rep. Zephyr. The Montana House will not be bullied. All 100 Representatives will be treated the same.
Zephyr continued to displace blame and remained resolute in his decision not to apologize, noting in a statement, "I stood unwaveringly in defense of my constituents, my community, and democracy itself."
Although the Democratic lawmaker can still vote remotely, he suggested that Republicans were "effectively stripping me of the ability to represent my 11,000 constituents in debate."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.