"It's not because someone has a person of color, a black man who works for him, that he's not racist," said a Democratic congressman from the United States. Michigan at a hearing before the House Watch Committee of former President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. .
Tlaib continued: "And it's insensitive … the fact that someone uses an accessory, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee, is on its own racist."
Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, had previously invited Lynne Patton, a Trump administration official, also a black woman, to the hearing and presented her as a rebuttal of the woman. Cohen's statement that Trump was a "racist". Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and fixer, testified before the House's oversight committee.
Following Tlaib's comment, Meadows immediately requested that his words be struck from the record. Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and chair of the committee, intervened and asked Tlaib if she wanted to "rephrase" her statement.
Tlaib repeated her initial statement, reading her notes, and clarified that she did not call Meadows a racist, but the act itself.
"As a colored personality on this committee, that's what I felt at the time and I wanted to say it, but I'm not calling this gentleman, Mr. Meadows, a racist for that, I say this in itself is a racist act, "said Tlaib, referring to what she called using Patton, a black woman, as an" accessory ".
Meadows, more and more visibly upset, opposed the characterization of Tlaib. He stated that his family members were people of color and that Tlaib's suggestion to Meadows to bring in Patton for this reason was "racist".
"Mr. Chair, my relationship with my nieces and nephews is more personal than my personal relationships, and not many people know that, you know, Mr. Chair," Meadows said.
"And to indicate that I've asked a person who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who worked for him, who knows that particular person, that she would come to become an accessory – that's what it's all about. is racist to suggest that I asked him to come here for this reason, "added Meadows.
Patton is a longtime partner of the Trump family and is now a senior politician appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She worked as an event organizer for the Trumps and planned the wedding of Eric Trump in 2014.
"She loves this family." She came in because she felt that the President of the United States was wrongly accused, "Meadows said. "And Mr. President, you, you and I have a personal relationship that is not based on color, and even going in that direction is a mistake, Mr. President."
Cummings thanked Meadows for her statements and said: "If there is anyone who is sensitive to race, it is me, the son of former sharecroppers who was basically So, I understand, I listened very carefully to Ms. Tlaib .. I think she said that she did not call you a racist. "
Cummings added that Meadows, "among all the members of this committee … you are one of my best friends, I know that it shocks a lot of people."
"I could see and feel your pain," added Cummings. "I feel it, and so, and I do not think Ms. Tlaib intended to cause you that, that kind of pain and that kind of frustration."
Tlaib agreed with Cummings that it was not his intention and said: "I'm sorry if that's what it sounds like, but I said someone in one General, and as everyone knows in this chamber, I am pretty direct, so, if I wanted to say I would have done it, but that's not what I said. "