"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. "I've not heard one time a racist comment out of his mouth in private". "I think there was a better way of doing that".
The committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is black, ultimately sided with Meadows, and Tlaib clarified her comments to say that she did not intend to call Meadows racist. "Everyone keeps spinning it as "tokenism" but in my mind, it's just two people who know the President well and disagree", she said.
If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated masterful directness in her questioning during the Cohen hearing, Rep. Mark Meadows was the opposite, doubling down on the congressional tradition of narcissistic grandstanding and weird distractions.
Cummings thanked Meadows for his statements and said, "if there's anyone who is sensitive with regard to race, it's me, son of former sharecroppers that were basically slaves".
"I am not calling the gentlemen, Mr. Meadows, a racist", Tlaib says.
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"Would you agree that someone could deny rental units to African-Americans, lead the birther movement, refer to the diaspora as (expletive) countries, and refer to white supremacists as fine people have a black friend and still be racist?" she asked Cohen. It was, Tlaib said, a "racist" act. Afterward, Patton told PBS Newshour reporter, Yamiche Alcindor, that to her "today was not about the color of my skin".
In his opening statement, Cohen said he personally witnessed numerous occasions where Donald Trump used racist language or exhibited demeaning behavior toward people of color. In addition, Jackson thanked Trump for meeting with him in 1984 and in 1988, when he ran for President.
"Just to make a note, just because someone has a person of colour ― a black person ― working for them does not mean they aren't racist, and it is insensitive that someone would say it is racist itself, and to use a black woman as a prop to prove otherwise", she said.
"There's nothing more personal to me than my relationship - my nieces and nephews are people of color". But rather by those on the House Oversight Committee who sadly placed more credence on the word of a self-confessed convicted perjurer, than that of a highly-educated black woman who rose up the ranks of one of the most recognized global real-estate companies in the world, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention and now successfully oversees the largest HUD program office in the country.
Sophia Nelson, a political strategist who once served as GOP counsel for the House Oversight Committee, lamented Patton's decision to appear with Meadows.