During House Speaker's speech in Chattanooga, protester questions Confederate bust

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada was interrupted by protests during his speech for the Pachyderm Club in Chattanooga Monday. (Image: WTVC)

Tennessee's House Speaker was interrupted by protests during his speech for the Pachyderm Club in Chattanooga Monday.

During a Q & A, a woman interrupted to ask House Speaker Glen Casada why a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is still up at the state capitol. Forrest was a Confederate general.

House Speaker Casada stopped the ushers, and answered the woman's question.

"The legislature discussed addressing it in a proper context. He was a slave trader, he recognized his sin, he repented and he's seeking forgiveness," he said.

Ushers say the woman was not a member of the Pachyderm Club, and she was escorted out of the building.

Casada says he is open to adding historical context to the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust. He also says he would support moving it to a museum if lawmakers made that decision.

Last month, a video surfaced with Casada's remarks on rape victims which sparked controversy.

Then, protesters disrupted a committee meeting, accusing representative David Byrd of sexual harassment decades ago.

Casada has taken heat for having the protesters kicked out of the hearing.

"First and foremost, the state capitol is open to protests," said Casada Monday. "What is not welcomed is when it tries to shut down the committee and the process. And these ladies and gentlemen started arguing with the committee members, and we just cannot conduct business and we asked them to leave."

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