Tlaib and Pressley Put Racism on Trial During Cohen Hearing

Elias Hubbard
March 1, 2019

Patton's role was particularly instructive, given that she willingly went along with Meadows' disgusting act.

"Today was about two people who know the president equally and who disagree", Patton told the outlet.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) later called out Meadows for dragging Patton into the controversy. The act, Tlaib said, was racist. "To prop up one member of our entire race of Black people and to say that nullifies that is totally insulting", she said.

Meadows jumped at Tlaib's comments immediately, calling on House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to scrub Tlaib's words from the hearing record, citing his and Cummings's "personal relationship that's not based on color".

After Meadows told Tlaib that "it's racist to suggest" that Meadows was using Patton as a "prop", Tlaib said she was not calling Meadows "a racist".

Nelson agreed, saying Tlaib "shouldn't have apologized to anybody for anything she said because she didn't say anything wrong". "And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual, that she's coming in to be a prop?"

The upheaval came at the end of a day-long hearing in which Cohen testified that, among other things, Trump said black people are "too stupid" to vote for him.

A white man who helped spread the racist conspiracy that Barack Obama wasn't really American put a black woman on display, as though at a slave auction, to defend the white man who did more than anyone else to take birtherism national against legitimate charges of racism. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

After Meadows's outrage at Tlaib, Steve Morris of the left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters posted a video to Twitter of Meadows in 2012 standing in front of a Tea Party Express bus and telling voters "2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is".

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said Tlaib should not have apologized. "I certainly respect the fact that she is representing 750,000 people, just like I am".

"When we opened this Wall Street project and we talked about it, you gave us face at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there", said Jackson.

Patton found that accusation revolting and she wondered why "the congresswoman from MI would take the word of a self-confessed perjurer and criminally convicted white male over a black female ... that's more racist". Tlaib shows no signs of taking her foot off the gas.

Patton wonders why the freshman lawmaker is giving more credence to a witness who is a known liar and in a few months will be a prisoner.

"The president sees successes and failures", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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