MEADOWS: ‘It’s racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., accused conservative Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., of racism during a heated congressional hearing in Congress on Wednesday after he defended President Donald Trump.
President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, and accused Trump of racism in his opening remarks: “He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat.”
“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a s—hole. This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States,” Cohen said. “And while we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. He told me black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
Meadows defended the president and invited Lynne Patton, an African American official in the Trump administration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to the hearing.
Meadows said he invited Patton to attend in a personal capacity and entered a statement of hers into the record about Cohen’s characterization of the president.
“She says as the daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way she would work for an individual who was racist. How do you reconcile it?” Meadows asked.
Meadows said he has had “over 300” conversations with Trump.
“I’ve never heard one time a racist comment out of his mouth in private,” he said.
Tlaib then attacked Meadows and accused him of using “a black woman as a prop.”
“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist, and it is insensitive to the fact that someone would actually use a prop — a black woman in this chamber, in this committee — is alone racist in itself,” Tlaib said, according to the Detroit News.
Another Michigan Democrat, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, agreed with Tlaib and said Cohen is right about the “racism from a sitting president.”
“I can only imagine what’s being said in private,” Lawrence, who is black, said.
She said Meadows’s defense was “totally insulting” to people of color.
“To prop up one member of our entire race of black people and say that that nullifies that is totally insulting,” Lawrence said.
Meadows, who has nieces and nephews of color, slammed Tlaib’s characterization and asked the committee to remove her words from the record.
“It’s racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason,” Meadows said. “She loves this family. She came in because she felt like the president of the United States was getting falsely accused.”
Tlaib backtracked and said she had not intended to call Meadows a racist.
“To my colleague Mr. Meadows, that was not my intention, and I do apologize if that’s what it sounded like, but I said ‘someone’ in general,” Tlaib said. “As everybody knows in this chamber, I’m pretty direct. If I wanted to say that I would have. But that’s not what I said.”
The heated exchange led several leftists to resurface comments Meadows made during former President Barack Obama’s presidency about sending Obama “home to Kenya or wherever it is.”
Here’s Mark Meadows, who just sidetracked the entire House Oversight Committee to assure him he’s not racist, saying that “2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is” pic.twitter.com/90L1xnWf6v
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) February 27, 2019
Several high-profile liberals shared the video, including actress Sarah Silverman, filmmaker Michael Moore, and Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson.
“Yeah, Mr. Meadows, you’re an effin’ racist. Get it all out of your system bro because a country like ours which is nearly 70% female, people-of-color and/or young adults is taking power—and the day of the angry, racist, white man is soon going to be a thing of the past, farewell,” Moore tweeted.