Cardoza-Moore Called for a Military Coup

Speaker Sexton's nominee for the State Textbook Commission urged on the Jan. 6 D.C. riots

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The Tennessee House of Representatives Educational Instruction Committee is set to vote on approval of Laurie Cardoza-Moore to the state Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission on Wednesday morning, despite dozens of concerns raised over the past few months.

Cardoza-Moore, as you may recall, is an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who did not send her own children to public schools. Her non-profit, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, seems to mainly exist to pay her and her husband a hefty salary. It has also been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Recently this designation seems to have been revoked; SPLC did not return emails as to why this was the case.)

In short, there are any number of reasons why Cardoza-Moore should have never been chosen by House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) for any state commission. (She couldn’t even get appointed to the Williamson County School Board! The same county that keeps electing Glen Casada!) Sexton has declined comment, so he’s apparently is fine with the appointment going forward. Given the number of extremists in the legislature currently, I assume it will continue on and pass.

But this nomination really should be pulled, and pulled immediately. On Dec. 28, 2020, Cardoza-Moore posted a video encouraging people to follow her to D.C. on Jan. 6 to protest election results. And at the end of the video she called for a military overthrow of the government if legislators did indeed confirm now-U.S. President Joe Biden was elected. (Which he was. Zero doubt about this. Zero.)

In the two months since the Capitol Hill riot that killed five people and injured almost 140 police officers alone, Cardoza-Moore has set that particular YouTube video to private. (You can find dozens of other Islamophobic and racist videos still on the channel.) But before she made the video unaccessible, I watched the entire thing, transcribed it, and recorded the audio for posterity.

I will not post the entire transcript, because the video was over 15 minutes long. If you are so inclined to torture yourself, you can read the entire thing or listen to it all. (Fair warning, her verbal tic is “ladies and gentleman,” which she says an astounding 13 times.) The majority of the video is boilerplate “the election was stolen through coordinated voter fraud” stuff. (Which, again, it was not.)

“Ladies and gentlemen, November 3rd was the day to me that will live forever in infamy in our generation, because it was the day that there was an active, all out effort to throw the elections in six battleground states in the United States of America,” Cardoza-Moore says.

She cites Peter Navarro (wrongly labeling him as a Democrat), the Epoch Times, and Liberty Counsel, which is currently promoting the same slate of disgusting anti-trans bills as are on the Tennessee legislative agenda. However, at the end of the video, Cardoza-Moore starts talking about about the apocalypse.

And I close with Revelations Chapter 21, Verse 8, where John has the vision of all the people, the groups that are thrown into the lake of fire of that final battle— that lake of fire. And yes, the idolaters, the fornicators, the adulterers. But you know who the first group of people is that gets thrown in, even before them? The cowardly. 

God did not put us on this earth to be cowards. He brought us into the world and prepared us for this moment in time. We were not born 500 years ago or 250 years ago. He brought us into the world now, and he equipped you and I with everything we need to win this battle. But we can't be afraid. We cannot be cowards. We have to go in, march into the battlefield, and go to the frontline and hold the line.

And the last thing I want to say — I want to speak to our veterans and our active duty military. You all know who you are. You swore an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States of America from enemies, both foreign — and domestic. And if there was ever a time that we need for you to fulfill that commitment, it’s now.

Yes, that’s Cardoza-Moore very clearly calling for the military to overthrow the government. Zero doubt about this. Zero.

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Cardoza-Moore was indeed in D.C. on Jan. 6. Per a source who was in touch with her that day, she has said she was back in her hotel room before any of the violence started. She has since repeatedly claimed the violence was caused by Antifa, which it definitely was not.

It also seems that Cardoza-Moore went up to D.C. on the same bus as state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster), who called the events, “an epic and historic day gathering with fellow patriots.” Weaver is co-sponsoring Cardoza-Moore’s nomination to the textbook commission along with Sexton. Weaver is also the Vice-Chair of the committee voting to advance the appointment.

There are protections in the law establishing the textbook committee, and this current appointment of Cardoza-Moore only runs until 2022. But no one encouraging a military overthrow of a government should be serving in the government. Period.

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