The Nashville school board is taking heat after one of its board members was heard on a hot mic suggesting setting Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) “on fire.”
The board member was identified as Sharon Gentry by one of her fellow board members, according to Fox 17. Gentry was reportedly caught on camera asking, “Can we just go set Marsha Blackburn on fire?” during a break at a board meeting earlier this week. The Nashville Education Board did not respond to The Daily Wire’s request for comment.
A Blackburn spokesperson condemned the comment in a statement to The Daily Wire.
“Americans are learning just how far local officials will go to silence anyone opposed to their radical transformation of our country,” the statement said. “It’s telling that the mainstream media refuses to cover any stories that do not go along with their narrative.
“According to the Biden Administration, parents voicing concerns at school board meetings are ‘domestic terrorists,’ and meanwhile a school board member has used threatening language against a U.S. Senator,” the statement continued. “Biden and the media are working overtime to attack strong conservatives and silence the millions of real Americans they represent.”
The Davidson County Republican Party also came out with a statement condemning the comment, calling on Gentry to resign. Davidson County Republican Chairman James Garrett said, according to Fox 17:
We’ve seen some pretty extreme things coming from the Democrats and School Board in the last few years, but this one takes the cake. We utterly condemn this disgraceful behavior from Dr. Gentry, and she should do the right thing and resign her seat for the sake of setting an example for the school system she supposedly represents.
One thing is very clear – in Davidson County these are no longer the sensible and patriotic Democrats many of our parent’s generation used to vote for. Locals will be taking note and we challenge the rest of the MNPS School Board and Democrat Party to now officially condemn Dr. Gentry’s remarks, too.
Blackburn has been in the spotlight recently over a question she posed to President Joe Biden’s pick to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement in January. Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the seat, and her confirmation hearing in the Senate began last week.
During her time to question the nominee, Blackburn asked Jackson if the judge could define the term “woman.” Jackson demurred, saying she could not provide a definition of the term because she was not a “biologist.” As The Daily Wire reported:
“Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” Blackburn asked.
“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson repeated the question.
“Mmhmm, yeah,” Blackburn confirmed.
“I can’t,” Jackson replied.
“You can’t?” Blackburn asked.
“Not — in this context, I’m not a biologist,” Jackson laughed.
“So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn continued to press.
“Senator, in my works a judge, what I do is I address disputes,” Jackson pushed back, suggesting that she could only provide a decision based on arguments and the law. “If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments and I look at the law and I decide, so — I’m not —”
“The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,” Blackburn continued.
This article has been corrected to note that statement’s attributed to Blackburn are from a spokesperson.