Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Tokenism *is* Racism’

Craig Bannister | February 28, 2019 | 4:43pm EST
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Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) applauded the “bravery” of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who accused Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of a racist act Wednesday for daring to allow an African-American colleague testify that President Donald Trump is not a racist.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her praise of Tlaib, including a link to commentary and video of the incident by @nowthisnews:

Total bravery from @RashidaTlaib as she reminds the nation that tokenism *is* racism

Rashida Tlaib told GOP Rep. Meadows that using a Black Trump employee as a ‘prop’ to show Trump isn’t racist was a racist act in itself — he responded by demanding her words be struck from the record, nearly in tears

On Wednesday, Rep. Tlaib said that allowing an African-American to speak on behalf of Trump’s character is “racist in itself.” At the urging of committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Tlaib offered a qualified apology, reports:

Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing involving President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen featured heated words after Tlaib accused “someone” of bringing a Trump-supporting black woman along to the hearing as a “prop” – an act she said was “racist in itself.”

Meadows had invited Lynne Patton, an African-American Trump family friend now working at the Department of Housing and Development, and challenged Cohen’s depiction of Trump as a racist, saying that there was no way that Patton “would work for an individual who's a racist.”

Stung by Tlaib’s insinuation, Meadows sought to have her remarks stricken from the record. After intervention from committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and some toing and froing, Tlaib made an apology of sorts.

“That was not my intention [to call Meadows a racist] and I do apologize if that’s what it sounded like – but I said ‘someone’ in general. And as everybody knows in this chamber I’m pretty direct so if I wanted to say that, I would have.”

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