TownHall.com has called out Bill Lee of Tennessee and other Republican governors for what it describes as “moral preening from 18 (and counting) RINO squishes” after they announced their respective states will not stop resettling refugees.
In a column published Monday, Scott Morefield lists all the Republican governors who have announced they will continue taking refugees. But Morefield devoted a large chunk of space to pouring scorn on Lee, who “even overrode disapproval from state GOP leaders to ask for refugee resettlement in his state.”
“For his actions, Lee earned the glowing approval of a ‘pro-life Christian’ Memphis Commercial Appeal guest-columnist, who thanked the governor for ‘courageously living out his faith by choosing to love refugees as his neighbor by continuing the refugee resettlement program in the great state of Tennessee,’” Morefield wrote.
“Lee, like most of the other governors, based his decision at least in part on his Christian faith. It’s a line of thinking that sounds great on the surface, noble even, until you dig just a bit beneath that surface. First of all, as Fox News host Tucker Carlson astutely asked during his aforementioned conversation with (American Majority Founder Ned) Ryun, these governors ‘aren’t actually housing any of the refugees in their own homes or paying any of their own money, so how is it Christian virtue to take other people’s money by force and give it away? I don’t member that part of the gospel.’”
Morefield went on to say that Lee’s values “are costing state taxpayers a boatload, to the tune of upwards of $80,000 per refugee in the first five years of resettlement, which includes welfare, housing assistance, and other forms of aid and social services.”
Morefield also called out other Republican governors, including Doug Ducey of Arizona, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Brad Little of Idaho, Eric Holcomb of Indiana, and Kim Reynolds of Iowa.
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Republican Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton said they disagree with Lee’s decision.
Lee had this power, per an executive order from U.S. Republican President Donald Trump. Trump issued an executive order in September that asked states and cities to consent in writing if they want to continue refugee resettlements.
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