Congressman Mark Meadows (NC) lashed out at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) after she accused the Republican of committing a “racist act” during Michael Cohen’s hearing on Wednesday when he used a black woman as a “prop” to refute allegations of racism against President, but he once peddled the racist “birther” conspiracy theory by promising a crowd that they’d help “send Mr. [Barack] Obama home to Kenya.”
Meadows invited Trump administration official Lynne Patton to the House Oversight Committee in order to argue that Trump is not racist, an act which caused Rep. Tlaib to condemn Meadows’s stunt as “racist.”
“Just to make a note, Mr. Chairman, just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, doesn’t mean they aren’t racist,” Tlaib said in her closing statement.
“And it is insensitive that some would even say — 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.
Meadows interrupted Tlaib, asking that her comments be stricken from the record as he believed it was an attack on him.
Tlaib clarified her comments, saying 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.
“I am not calling the gentleman, Mr. Meadows, a racist for doing so, I’m saying that in itself, it is a racist act,” Tlaib responded.
“To indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family…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.
At a Tea Party Express forum in June of 2012, Meadows took the stage and told the crowd that “the more we find out, the more we realize how wrong the directions were going.”
“And so what we’re going to do is take back our country, 2012 is the time that we’re going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya, or wherever it is,” Meadows added. “We’re going to do it.”
Meadows would later call the remarks “a poor choice of words on my part more than anything else. I believe he’s an American citizen and I believe, in my district, he is going to lose overwhelmingly.”
Here’s Mark Meadows, who just sidetracked the entire House Oversight Committee to assure him he’s not racist, saying that “2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is” pic.twitter.com/90L1xnWf6v
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) February 27, 2019