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Cohen Hearing erupts in argument over racism

Cohen Hearing erupts in argument over racism

In an effort to refute Michael Cohen's allegations of racism by President Donald Trump during his testimony on Wednesday before members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) brought out Lynne Patton, a Black woman and Trump-appointee, as proof that the President likes the Blacks. In a hearing before the House Oversight Committee, President Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen "delivered an opening statement that somehow managed to mention both the Holocaust and a porn star, and we were off to the races from there".

"I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light", Meadows continued. Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings scrambled to clear up the matter, after which Tlaib explained that it wasn't her intent to call Meadows a racist. Meadows said Patton said there was "no way she would work for an individual who was racist".

"While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that "only black people could live that way" and he told me that 'black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid, '" said Cohen, during his testimony. Meadows presented Patton, an African-American woman, as a refutation of Cohen's claim that Trump is a "racist".

"That is more racist than being put up there as quote-unquote prop", Patton added. Patton is upping the ante by playing the race card right back at Tlaib by questioning Tlaib's racism for embracing the "liar" of similar complexion to Tlaib, rather than assuming Patton's own agency and respecting her perspective.

Tlaib continued, "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".

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"I am not calling the gentlemen, Mr. Meadows, a racist", Tlaib says.

She also said there would be no amount of money in the world she would take in order to work for a racist. He said that his nieces and nephews are people of color.

Tlaib's sneaky attempt to call Meadows a racist fell flat when Chairman Cummings stopped the hearing to get clarification on the statement and allow Meadows to defend himself against the charge. "Anybody who knows me knows I look to show respect regardless of race or gender or anything that would indicate that there would be a racist motive for me is just not accurate". It happens. But if the thought is so horrifying to Meadows, maybe he shouldn't have spent 2012 going around saying that Republicans were going to "send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is" (see here and here), spreading the racist smear that the former president was not, in fact, an American.

"She apologized. Did you accept her apology?"

Tlaib defended her actions during an interview Thursday on CNN.


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