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Who is Rep. John Rose, Republican Congressman from Tennessee in the viral video?

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A US Congressman from Tennessee has just become famous on the Internet, and not because of his politics.

Republican Rep. John Rose, who represents parts of northern and middle Tennessee, including Cookeville, was giving a five-minute speech to the House of Representatives when his son Guy, sitting behind him, began to smile at the camera.

The smiles then turned into a series of silly faces before someone off-screen pulled him partially out of camera view, where he sat quietly for the rest of his father's speech.

“That's what I get for telling my son Guy to smile at the camera for his little brother,” Rose joked afterwards.

This may be the most national recognition Rose has received since he was first elected to the office in 2018. Here's what else you should know about Rose and his tenure.

Rose defended Trump in his speech

Rose's son pulled his now-infamous grimaces during a five-minute speech by his father. During that speech, Rose railed against the conviction of former President Donald Trump last week. A New York jury found him guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business documents to conceal hush money payments as legal costs to cover up an alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.

He is the first US president to be convicted of a crime.

In his speech, Rose argued that presidents should be granted immunity for “these kinds of” crimes, and that instead lawmakers could hold presidents accountable through impeachment proceedings and the people's votes in elections.

According to a poll conducted over the weekend, 49 percent of Americans believe Trump should end his candidacy because he is now a felon, while 37 percent supported his continued candidacy. However, independent polls suggest that the verdict has not yet affected his popularity ratings.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump

Rose's interrupted speech was not his first time supporting Trump. The congressman voted against two articles of impeachment against Trump in 2019, citing the will of the people of Tennessee.

He also signed the objection to the 2020 election certification and voted to overturn the election on January 6.

“I have heard from an overwhelming number of Tennesseans in my district who have serious concerns about the 2020 election process,” he said in a Jan. 5 press release. “While this action may not reverse the blatant failure of some states to properly verify votes, I believe Congress should at least discuss the concerns of the many people who are unhappy with the botched election process that will shape Biden's likely presidency for years to come.”

“One of the most conservative members of Congress”

Rose's website touts his status as one of the most conservative members of Congress, which he says is due to his life experiences as a farmer, lawyer and small business owner.

This is reflected in his voting record: He is a strong supporter of legislation to curb the expansion of SNAP and other nutrition programs and has voted against foreign aid to Ukraine.

“I have consistently voted against sending billions of borrowed dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine without the Biden administration presenting a realistic strategic plan to achieve victory in the war against Russia,” he said in an April 20 press release.

Which committees and parliamentary groups is Rose a member of?

Rose serves on the House Financial Services Committee on these subcommittees:

  • Digital assets, financial technology and inclusion
  • Financial institutions and monetary policy
  • Supervision and Investigations (Vice-Chairman)

He also serves on the following subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee:

  • Commodity markets, digital assets and rural development
  • General agricultural commodities, risk management and credit
  • Food, foreign agriculture and horticulture

Rose is a member of these groups:

  • Pro-Life Group
  • Meeting of the shooting range and test center
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Rural Broadband Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus Taiwan
  • Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
  • Election Integrity Caucus
  • Caucus on the Abraham Accords
  • Congressional Depot Caucus

Allie Feinberg covers politics for Knox News. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @alliefeinberg.

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