Between all the positions and the non-responses, there was a moment of emotion towards the end of the congressional Michael Cohen hearing when a Democratic legislator called one of her colleagues for what she described as a "racist act." It ended with a scene all too familiar.
"The fact that someone has a person of color, a black person working for her does not mean that she is not racist," said Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib, when of the House Monitoring and Reform Committee hearing. "The fact that someone is actually using an accessory, a black woman in the House and on the committee is a racist act in its own right," she continued.
There was little doubt that Tlaib was referring to a shocking moment earlier at the beginning of the hearing when Rep. Mark Meadows introduced the Housing and Urban Development Manager and former party planner Lynne Patton, who is black , pretend in a way that President Donald Trump can not be racist.
Meadows knew perfectly well that Tlaib was talking about him and he did not have it. He started quickly and loudly to interrupt Tlaib who kept talking until she was done. When she had finished, Meadows angrily asked that the comment be removed from the record. But the Democratic rookie read over her comments, saying that she had never called Meadows a racist, but that it was rather a "racist act" to do that. that he did. "I do not call Mr. Meadows a racist, it's a racist act," Tlaib said.
Meadows became very emotional and said that her "nieces and nephews are people of color". He therefore claimed that he was using a black woman as an accessory "is racist". return to his comments. "As everyone knows in this chamber, I am rather direct. If I wanted to say that I would have, "she said. "But that's not what I said."
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