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After bipartisan backlash and apology, Rashida Tlaib doubles down on ‘racist’ act by Mark Meadows

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In the safety of CNN’s media bubble, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib doubled down on her dispute with Rep. Mark Meadows over what she called a “racist” act.

The Michigan Democrat may have apologized for the comment she claimed was misinterpreted during a House Oversight Committee hearing for Michael Cohen, but she appeared to have no regrets when asked about the fiery exchange by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.

Tlaib was rebuked by House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings during Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony on Wednesday after she ripped into Meadows for the “racist” act of inviting a longtime Trump family friend and employee to the hearing.

Meadows fired back at the Muslim lawmaker after she accused him of using Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton as a “prop” at the proceedings. Cummings interjected by calling on Tlaib to rephrase her comments to which she responded that it was not her intention to call the North Carolina Republican a racist.

“That was not my intention. I do apologize if that’s what it sounded like, ” she said Wednesday.

In lieu of apologies, Tlaib reiterated her original accusation later on CNN, and deftly dodged the direct question when Camerota brought it up in an interview on “New Day.”

“Do you still believe today that Congressman Mark Meadows engaged in a racist act?” the CNN host asked.

Tlaib responded saying that Meadows’ act was “insensitive” and claimed “folks at home kind of gasped” when that happened.

“If we want to talk about race in this country, that was not the way do it,” she added.

Tlaib insisted she meant “no disrespect” to Patton at all, though the same could not be said about Camerota who condescendingly read the longtime Trump staffer’s Instagram post in a sneering tone. Tlaib added that Meadows’ act was “not the right way” to address what she called Trump’s racist rhetoric.

Camerota agreed with the lawmaker that “people at home” who were watching the hearing thought it was “tone-deaf and insensitive” of Meadows to invite Patton. The Democrat, in a telling remark, acknowledged that she, like many of the other freshman lawmakers in Congress “ran because we wanted Congress to not only look differently, but also speak differently and feel differently.”

She added that “at that moment, it was important for me to speak truth to power.”

When asked by Camerota again “to be clear,” whether she thinks Meadows is not racist, Tlaib responded, “I feel like the act was. That’s up to the American people to decide whether or not he is.”

Patton took to Instagram following the outburst Wednesday, defending Meadows and herself, noting her successes and that hers was not a resume of a “prop.”

 

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Today a race card was played. But not by Congressman Mark Meadows. 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. That is not the resume of a prop. It is, however, the resume of someone who remains completely unfazed by the criticism of others and laser focused. Today was simply about one longtime employee disputing the testimony of another longtime employee who both know the President extremely well. Period. Since the release of my viral video in May 2015, those who know me can confirm that my steadfast narrative about the Trump family has not changed. The only one of us whose narrative has changed is the one facing significant jail time. Period. My presence today was to remind Michael Cohen that honesty and integrity still matter. I do not have an NDA. I do not have a book deal. What I DO have is the truth on my side. And when you have that, nothing else matters. ??

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Speaking with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, Patton defended Trump as someone who ““does not see color, race, creed, religion. What he sees is success and failure.”

She also addressed Tlaib’s remark.

“What I would like to ask the congresswoman of Michigan,” Paton began, “is why she takes the word of a self-confessed perjurer, criminally convicted white man over a black female who is highly educated, rose up through the ranks of one of the most competitive companies in real estate, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention, and now works in one of the most historic administrations in history?”

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