Rep. Rashiba Tlaib should not have apologized for calling out Mark Meadows after he used Lynne Patton, a black woman, as a prop to defend racist Donald Trump. Meadows is the one who owes an apology.
Rep. Tlaib apologized after Meadows melted down over her comments during Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
Here’s what Tlaib said that set Meadows off: “Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist and…the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
Meadows freaked out saying he has nieces and nephews who are people of color, as though that gives him cover from being called out for racist behavior. Tlaib wasn’t the only lawmaker on the committee to call out Meadows. Rep. Brenda Lawrence also called him out for the stunt.
Democratic Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib criticized Republican Mark Meadows during the Cohen hearing, after the congressman presented a black woman who worked for Trump while defending the president against accusations of racism https://t.co/8a7EfedemC pic.twitter.com/voQQC278XP
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 28, 2019
Lynne Patton should be ashamed of herself to agree to this scheme. “To bring in a black woman to point to as a silent ‘prop’ to supposedly show that President Donald Trump couldn’t be racist is about as low as I have seen the GOP sink,” MSNBC contributor Sophia Nelson said. By the way, Lynne Patton caught some heat when she attacked April Ryan as Miss Piggy.
The fallout continues from Mark Meadows’ cheap stunt. A 2012 video of Meadows saying, “we’re going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is, going viral. There is also a second video of Meadows embracing bigoted behavior.