Lynne Patton Hits Back at Rep. Rashida Tlaib: You’re the Racist

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An MSNBC guest said Lynne Patton, an African-American woman who serves as a top official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, looked like "she was on the auction block" while standing behind Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) during Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. In private, he is even worse. 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.

"To prop up one member of our entire race of Black people and say that nullifies that is totally insulting", she continued.

Tlaib's sneaky attempt to call Meadows a racist fell flat when Chairman Cummings stopped the hearing to get clarification on the statement and allow Meadows to defend himself against the charge. And her appearance did not prove the president isn't a racist.

One of the most heated exchanges at Wednesday's House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing did not even involve the star witness.

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 think she apologized to Congressman Mark Meadows for implying he was racist, which is also laughable.

"And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who knows this particulate individual, that she's coming in to be a prop.it's racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason", he said.

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

But he says that if you knew him-like really knew him or maybe asked his nieces and nephews-you'd know he isn't really racist.

Cummings responded to Meadows by saying he did not "think Ms. Tlaib meant to cause [Meadows]" any "kind of pain" and asked Tlaib to clarify what she said about "one of [his] best friends".

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

"I've said it before and I'll say it again". Lemon grinned. "They're probably more in touch with the people than most of the people who are in Congress now. What he sees is success and failure", Patton told the Fox show.

Patton told reporter Yamiche Alcindor after the hearing that she felt comfortable defending Trump, saying he "doesn't see color, sex, race, creed, religion, so that's what makes things go uncomfortable for other people".

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