U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administrator Lynne Patton has not taken kindly to two guests on MSNBC, considered by many to be the most radical left-wing “news” network in the country, comparing her to a slave in American history.
Speaking on “All In with Chris Hayes” Wednesday evening, hours after Patton appeared at an Oversight Committee hearing on Sen. Mark Meadows’ behalf to defend President Donald Trump from spurious allegations by Michael Cohen that he’s a racist, one guest described Patton as having stood on “an auction block.”
“The fact that he thought that was going to be like a ‘got you’ moment is incredible to me. Incredible,” left-wing activist Danielle Moodie-Mills complained. “Is she the black ambassador for the entire race? Because one person out of his entire cabinet, out of his entire staff is there as the black person?”
The next day on “Morning Joe,” political strategist Sophia A. Nelson echoed this exact same sentiment, saying, “[T]o bring a black woman out and have her stand there like she was on the auction block? She couldn’t talk, she couldn’t speak, you couldn’t swear her in.”
“And there’s this visual: ‘Exhibit A, American people. There’s a black person here. And we have a black person who can’t tell you what she thinks. We’ll tell you how she feels, and that’ll prove that Donald Trump is not a racist’ is the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen the Republican party do in a really long time.”
In response to Cohen, the president’s former attorney, accusing Trump of being a racist, Patton briefly stood up silently at the hearing Wednesday to convey the point that she disagrees.
She’s not the only black American in disagreement. Polling data from Rasmussen shows that as of last fall, the president commanded an impressive 36 approval rating among black voters.
While it’s unclear why exactly Patton didn’t utter a word at the hearing, it’s presumed that Democrats — who as a reminder control the House — had prohibited her. She nevertheless made it clear in other ways how she feels about the president.
And prior to the hearing she posted a lengthy Instagram update in which she accused Cohen of leveling “unsubstantiated claims” against Trump for personal benefit.
“I am sad that Michael has elected to leverage his own personal illegal activities into nothing more than political theater this week with the sole partisan purpose to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip,” she wrote.
“I am sad that Michael would turn his back on a man to whom he has repeatedly said he owes everything in the hope of a reduced prison sentence.”
It’s believed by some, including the president, that Cohen — who used to praise Trump profusely — is now trash-talking him in a bid to get a reduced prison sentence.
Look at Patton’s Instagram post:
As someone who considered #MichaelCohen one of my very best friends for the past 10+ years – virtually inseparable during our tenure at the Trump Organization (and even before) having personally introduced me to the Trump family, leading to my subsequent employment therein, and arguably, my current job – the only word that truly comes to mind this week is sad. I am sad that Michael has elected to leverage his own personal illegal activities into nothing more than political theater this week with the sole partisan purpose to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip. I am sad that Michael would turn his back on a man to whom he has repeatedly said he owes everything in the hope of a reduced prison sentence. Lastly, I am sad for myself. Sad that I have wasted so much time and energy caring, supporting and loving a man I now realize I truly never knew. If Michael Cohen had anything of substance to offer against the President of the United States, Mueller would not have rejected his plea for leniency and Cohen would not be going to jail. Period. Above all, I am sad that Michael would – once again, on a world stage – levy unsubstantiated claims – particularly those of bigotry and racism – against a man who has single-handedly helped raise five of the most unbiased and open-minded children I’ve ever known. Four of whom I count among my very best friends, to date. I stated this in my viral video back in 2015 and I’ll say it again: As the daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, there is no amount of money in the world that would make me work for a man who I thought harbored bigoted or racist ideologies. People who have known this man far less than I have have been offered over 7-figures to write best-selling works of fiction, yet the thought has never crossed my mind. So I truly mean it when I say there is no amount of money in the world to make me either work for (nor sell-out) this family. Zero. The bottom line is that, much like Omarosa Manigault Newman, it does not take someone 15 years to figure out someone is a racist. Unless, of course, they’re not one. ?
She had some choice words for Moodie-Mills and Nelson as well. According to her, they and the Democrats in Congress who chose to disbelieve her words about Trump are the real racists.
“It’s really actually kind of sad and pathetic. I was so fired up this morning. The only race card that was played in that room were the folks on the House Democratic Committee that basically are taking the word of a self-confessed perjurer and criminally convicted white man over the word and testimony basically and experience of a highly educated black woman,” she said Thursday evening on “The Ingraham Angle.”
A highly educated black woman “who rose up through the ranks of one of the most competitive real-estate companies in the world to to speak before 25 million people in front of the Republican National Convention and now works for one of the most successful administrations in history.”
Her appearance at the hearing only became an issue because of Muslim congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who interrupted the hearing to accuse Meadows of using Patton as a “prop.”
The HUD administrator had some choice words for her as well.
“Today a race card was played, but not by Congressman Mark Meadows,” she said Thursday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“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.”
Social media users agree:
— nursebetty (@laxinallthetime) March 1, 2019
You only continue to show yourself as the real racists
— DFrank327 (@DFrank327) March 1, 2019
— DLS (@Schafer_UKFan) March 1, 2019
Glad to see you supporting racism through and through. Just because a woman of color steps off the Democrat plantation and is wildly successful, you demean and shame her. No, my racist friends, it is not Patton who has the problem, it is you. Dem racism is real.
— Digitalraptor (@Digitalraptor) March 1, 2019
The real disgusting racists are @RashidaTlaib and @AOC – they assume Ms Patton got her job because she was black. Leftist anti-Americans are the worst sort of evil racists. Staffer Fires Back at Rep. Tlaib Calling Her a ‘Prop’ https://t.co/UZU7xbRlrI
— EastofEden (@EastofEden_ii) March 1, 2019
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