GOP congressman challenges Cohen's 'racist' claim against Trump

GOP congressman challenges Cohen's 'racist' claim against Trump

GOP congressman challenges Cohen's 'racist' claim against Trump

Meadows had brought former Trump Organization employee Lynne Patton-who is now in the Department of Housing and Urban Development-and said she would not work for a racist.

During his testimony to the House Oversight Committee, Cohen accused President Donald Trump of racism, alleging that he had made bigoted statements about black voters and countries with black leaders. Meadows said he would. "It is insensitive - some would even say it's the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself".

Cohen testified that when "driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that 'only black people could live that way, '" while adding that "black people would never vote for him because they're too stupid". Meadows presented Patton, an African-American woman, as a refutation of Cohen's claim that Trump is a "racist". In the morning, she stood silently to the side of the dais while Meadows purportedly spoke on her behalf.

At this point, Meadows interrupted and demanded that her comments be removed from the official record of the hearing. "It's racist to suggest I asked her to come in here for that reason".

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has been trouble since the day she took office - she infamously screeched, "We're gonna impeach the motherf**er" hours after she was sworn in as a member of Congress, vowing to take down President Trump. "So, to me, that is what makes people uncomfortable - he doesn't care what people think, and he will tell it like it is".


The exchange led Democratic activists to resurface and circulate online a 2012 video of Meadows saying "we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is", which is widely acknowledged as playing on racist, birther conspiracies levied against Barack Obama. There, Meadows tried to rebut Cohen's charge that President Donald Trump is a racist. "Are you a prop?" asked Fox & Friend's Brian Kilmeade after replaying Tlaib's accusation of racism against Rep. Mark Meadows for bring Patton to the hearing. "How do you reconcile the two of those?" "But I said "someone" in general". "Not many people know that".

But Tlaib, a Muslim, said that as a person of color, she felt it was important to "speak truth to power", and she does believe Meadows knew where she was coming from, leading to him taking some of his objections to her comments back.

"For those who question my motives for being here today, I understand".

"Republicans were relentless in their blind defense of the president", Kimmel said.

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