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Meadows, Tlaib hug after fight over race in Cohen hearing

Meadows, Tlaib hug after fight over race in Cohen hearing

Next up was Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and that's when things really spiraled.

"That is not the resume of a prop", Patton continued.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., questions Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, as Cohen testifies before the House oversight committee on Wednesday.

Cohen also said Trump once asked him to "name a country run by a black person that wasn't a 's***hole'".

In response, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who is white, pointed to one of Trump's African-American employees and now a member of the Administration, Lynne Patton, who was in attendance at the hearing.

During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence, who is black, also indirectly criticized Meadows for bringing Patton to the hearing.

"I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light", said Meadows. "The answer is zero".

Meadows, growing visibly upset, objected to Tlaib's characterization. She stood there only briefly before exiting the chamber minutes later.

Patton is so close to the Trumps that she even helped plan Eric Trump's wedding.

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Tlaib called out Meadows for recruiting Patton as a political prop.

"Mr. Chairman, I ask that her words, when she's referring to an individual member of this body, be taken down and stricken from the record", Meadows said.

"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. "I'm not going to get into analyzing everything, obviously at this particularly point it is critically important that people know each others' motives and heart and I think that we understand each other", he said. Tlaib insisted that she wasn't calling Meadows a racist, but was simply expressing how she felt as a person of color. "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".

PATTON: She didn't apologize to me. From his company's discrimination against Black potential renters in the 1970s in New York City to his divisive and racist comments that labeled Mexican immigrants as criminals to his refusal to acknowledge that President Barack Obama is a native born United States citizen.

In a Twitter post Wednesday morning, Patton stated she was there "in support" of President Trump and the truth.

Cohen then went on to tell a story about driving through a poor Chicago neighborhood.

Tlaib reread her comment and said, "If a colleague is thinking that's what I'm saying - I'm just saying that's what I believe to have happened".

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