Things got REALLY heated on the floor of Congress today when Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) appeared to call Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) a racist.
At least that’s how he took it, and he fired back with a fury!
And I can’t blame him!
If someone called you a racist on the floor of Congress, how would you respond?
You’d defend your honor.
NOTE: Rep. Tlaib has since “clarified” her comments, claiming she did not mean to call Meadows a racist.
Take a look (warning, this gets very intense):
The Hill had more:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) clashed during Michael Cohen's congressional hearing on Wednesday when she condemned as a "racist act" his use of a statement by a single black woman to disprove allegations of racism against President Trump.
"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean that they aren't racist," Tlaib said at the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing.
"And it is insensitive ... the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself," Tlaib continued, getting emotional.
Meadows had invited Lynne Patton, a Trump administration staffer, who is black, to the hearing to push back against Cohen's allegations during his testimony that the president is a racist.
Meadows immediately responded to Tlaib, asking that her comments be stricken from the record as he believed it was an attack on him.
The freshman Democrat then repeated her comments, and clarified that she wasn't accusing Meadows of being a racist but that she believed it was a "racist act" to bring a black woman to the hearing to counter allegations of racism against Trump.
"There’s nothing more personal to me than my relationship …. my nieces and nephews are people of color, not many people know that," Meadows said.
"And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who has worked for this particulate individual … that’s she’s coming in to be a prop, it’s racist to suggest that I asked her to come in for that reason," he said.
“She came in because she felt like the president was being falsely accused,” Meadows added.
The Freedom Caucus head then addressed Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who is black, saying that he and Cummings “have a personal relationship that’s not based on color and to even go down this direction is wrong.”
“If there’s anyone who is sensitive in regard to race, it’s me, son of former sharecroppers who were basically slaves, so I get it,” Cummings said.
The chairman said he didn’t believe that Tlaib was calling Meadows a racist.
“I could see and feel your pain, I feel it,” Cummings told the North Carolina Republican. “And so I don’t think Ms. Tlaib intended to cause you that, that kind of pain and frustration.”
Tlaib again clarified her comments, repeating her statement that she was not calling Meadows a racist.