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Ocasio-Cortez defends Tlaib's charge Trump family friend used as racist 'prop'

Ocasio-Cortez defends Tlaib's charge Trump family friend used as racist 'prop'

Meadows, one of Trump's staunchest supporters in Congress, said he's never heard the president say anything racist.

Patton said that the day "was simply about one longtime employee disputing the testimony of another longtime employee who both know the President extremely well". Hostin also didn't buy the congressman's explanation that he was offended by the accusation of racism because he has relatives who are people of color.

Patton also accused Cohen, former lawyer to Trump, of falsely claiming during his testimony before Congress that he never sought employment with the Trump administration. Asked by Cummings to clarify her remarks, Tlaib said that she had not meant to call Meadows a racist, that she applied the term instead to the act of using Patton as a silent witness to Trump's racially progressive views.

Another Michigan Democrat, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, agreed with Tlaib and said Cohen is right about the "racism from a sitting president". Meadows approached Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., on the House floor where they engaged in a brief conversation and embraced. "The fact that someone would actually use a prop, a Black woman, in this chamber, is alone in itself racist". "I think the wrong person apologized, and if Mark Meadows wasn't acting and wasn't feeling racist in his heart, he has to understand how he made people feel in that moment", Brzezinski said.

Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rashida Tlaib of MI embraced and chatted for nearly a minute as the House took its final votes of the week.

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Mayhem ensued. Meadows interrupted, asking Tlaib's statement be struck from the record. "To me, that's what makes people uncomfortable. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots", Cohen said in his opening remarks.

"I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light", Meadows said as Patton stood behind him silently.

When Behar pointed out that Meadows said "he had black children in his family" in an attempt to explain away the "racist" label, Hostin didn't hide her disdain. "I'm saying that, in itself, it is a racist act". 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.

Patton added that during her time with the Trump Organization she saw the president "empower" women and people of color around him. "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".


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