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NEW YORK CITY (AP) — From the start of Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s views on race took center stage.

Trump’s former attorney did not mince words, flat out calling his former boss “a racist” who believed “black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”

“Mr. Trump is a racist. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots,” Cohen said in his opening remarks.

Race and racism came up time and again during the televised hearing, which was chaired by an African-American man and saw several freshman lawmakers of color get in questioning.

Cohen, who previously pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, told the House Oversight Committee that he continued to work for Trump despite a history of racist comments.

Several Republican lawmakers, who maintained that Cohen is a perpetual liar who cannot be trusted, questioned Cohen’s characterization.

“I’ve talked to the president over 300 times,” said GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina. “I’ve not heard one time a racist comment out of his mouth in private. So, how do you reconcile it? Do you have proof of those conversations?”

The NAACP said the testimony affirms what Trump has already demonstrated through unfair housing practices, birther accusations against Obama and a failure to call out white supremacists.

“Trump’s presidency and entire career has been an affront to civil rights so nothing in Michael Cohen’s testimony is surprising for a person that has historically racialized and stigmatized those around him,” President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Cohen then pointed out that the Trump Organization has no black executives.

In perhaps the day’s most heated exchange, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan took issue, as did others before her, with Meadows bringing in Trump administration worker Lynne Patton, a black woman, to the hearing. Meadows referenced Patton, who works at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in his questioning. She would not work for someone who was racist, Meadows said.

When it was her turn for questioning, Tlaib said, “Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist … the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”

A visibly irate Meadows asked her statement be stricken from the record because it was a personal attack. Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings asked Tlaib to clarify that she wasn’t calling Meadows a racist. She denied doing that, but said bringing in Patton was a “racist act.”

The episode quickly became fodder for social media, both in support of Tlaib’s comments and in opposition. Many were outraged and accused Meadows of throwing out the “I have a black friend” argument to refute the idea that he is racist. He cited having nieces and nephews of color and his friendship with Cummings “that’s not based on color.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., defended Meadows.

“Yet another display of reckless incivility by this new House Democrat majority,” McCarthy tweeted. “My friend and colleague @RepMarkMeadows is one of the most decent people that I know and he showed tremendous class in the face of an absurd accusation from Rep. Tlaib.”

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, used her time with Cohen to circle back to the issue.

“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.

Cohen said “yes.”

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Associated Press national writer Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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11 thoughts on “[WATCH] New Congress Vs. Old Congress In Racism Exchange At Cohen Hearings

  1. Mrknowitall on said:

    rashida talib is Mother Effing colored racist bigot muslim. If she hires blacks, they are tokens, & she is racist, if she doesn’t, she is racist.

  2. Mrknowitall on said:

    Rashida Talib is a typical, colored racist muslim bigot. If the European-American Congressman didn’t hire a black woman he would be called racist & since he hired a black woman, she calls him racist. Racism is in the eyes of rashida talib.

  3. Ihuf you ARE TALKIN OLD SHIGGITY JUST LIKE YOU!!! GO BACK TO THE KLAN HOLE WHITE BOY!!!!!!! AND DECLASSIFY YO SELF!!!!!!!!YOU ARE AS IRREVELENT AS THE SH–T YOU SH–T!!!!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Michael Middleton on said:

    I was so proud to see women of color take such a bold stance against a bunch of old White fearful Republican boys. The jokers are now realizing that time is fading away with their destructive views. More women and people of color are coming forth to sit their tired lopsided butts down. And the showdown is just beginning. Not to forget that Rep. Elijah Cummings reminded them that there is a new Sheriff in town by strongly stating, “he is the Chairman of the House. Stay tuned for more to come 🙂

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      Elijah Cummings closing statement was great! Watching that wise black old timer scold that crooked white boy was priceless, but he did it with dignity and grace he showed sympathy for the pale skinned Simp. The number of lives and careers ruined aboard the trump train is truly profound. All the dummies who followed this racist in pursuit are now paying the price…I can’t wait for jr to get indicted.

  5. REALLY!!! That Jew hating homophobic racist Rashida Towelhead Tlaib trying to call out racism it seems her and AOC are in a race to see who can be the biggest embarrassment to their state

  6. Passing Through!! on said:

    the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
    ***
    Well that’s what mentally ill coons, minstrels & boot lickers are props water carriers for racist who care nothing about them. Ben Carson, Diamond & Silk are the RepubliKKKan court jesters juggling oranges while riding a unicycle. The lost misguided negro is always willing to sell his/her soul to taste the white man’s water.

    • so what democrats have been using black women and men as props for decades isn’t that racist ? we in the #walkaway refer to you as plantation negros

  7. As it’s turning out, blk folk were smart by not voting for this con artist. Blk ppl didn’t fall for the okie doke that 60 million deplorables fail for. The fake prez is going to rue the day he ran for prez and won. The feds are going through every aspect of his crooked misdeeds with a fine tooth comb. The “walls” are closing in on 45.

  8. Ted Gravely on said:

    She was right – Meadows is a racist. Simple behind black woman standing up like a monkey in the zoo. She’s so proud to be associated with massa and his family. She’s is happy to serve. Storm Thurmond had a black daughter from raping a block woman – his dry bones are still filled with hate for black people. Meadows got “colored” nieces and nephews – uh huh. He’s still a racist.

    • Uhhh you do know Strom was a Democrat when he did that, I’m sure you also didn’t know Bill and Hilary Defended, loved and embraced Sen. Robert Byrd (D) former Grand Wizard who never apologized for all the black men he horse whipped or blk women he r@ped, boy you plantation negros are such useful idiots

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