The latest white supremacist propaganda being pushed by Republicans this week came from Tennessee state Rep. Justin Lafferty, who defended counting slaves as only 3/5ths of a person in remarks on the statehouse floor.

As the GOP continues to pursue voter suppression laws across the country, several Republicans from southern states have made attempts to defend slavery as a “good” thing all while insisting that their party isn’t racist.

Now Republicans are trying to defend the 3/5ths clause in the Constitution by claiming that it was an effort to somehow end slavery.

On Tuesday, Rep. Justin Lafferty delivered the absurd declaration.

“The three-fifths compromise was a direct effort to ensure that Southern states never got the population necessary to continue the practice of slavery everywhere else in the country,” Lafferty said. “What does that mean? Appropriation based on population. We’ve got nine state representatives. By limiting the number of population in the count, they specifically limited the number of representatives that would be available in the slave-owning states, and they did it for the purpose of ending slavery.”

Here’s the video via Twitter:

Yeah, that’s not what the 3/5ths clause did, nor was it the purpose. What it did do is guaranteed that slave states would have the most power in the federal government, which they would wield for the next several decades to entrench the institution of slavery. It took a civil war to end slavery and the Fourteenth Amendment to repeal the 3/5ths clause.

Historians schooled Lafferty on Twitter.

Lafferty’s remarks come just a week after Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) claimed that America is not racist in the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress. Now he has egg on his face.

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