U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib ( D-Michigan) and Mark Meadows (R- North Carolina) squared off after Meadows used a Black Trump staffer in an attempt to prove the president wasn't a racist.  

Meadows drew criticism when he brought out controversial Black Department of Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton during Wednesday's Michael Cohen testimony.

Cohen, President Donald Trump's former fixer, claimed the business mogul had racist tendencies. He testified Trump courted white supremacists and bigots. In one instance, Cohen recalled Trump allegedly saying “only Black people could live that way" during a ride through Chicago. 

The beleaguered attorney also claimed Trump commented, “Black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”

“I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light,” Meadows said. “[Cohen] made some very demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with. In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism. She says as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was a racist.”  

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As he presented Patton to the oversight committee, the 45-year-old stood silently in the background. His strange defense of Trump quickly ignited an exchange between Tlaib and Meadows halting the hearing in its tracks. The freshman representative called Meadow's political stunt racist for using a Black woman as a prop. 

According to The Detroit Free Press, the 42-year-old did not call Meadows a racist. She said the stunt was "insensitive" and such an act "is alone racist in itself."

Tlaib elaborated, stating that hiring a Black person does not absolve Trump of bigotry. 

“Just to make a note, just because someone has a person of color ― a Black person ― working for them does not mean they aren’t racist…," she said. 

But Meadows did not take kindly to this accusation of racism. He claimed Tlaib was the real racist.

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

This latest incident only dug up old footage from 2012 depicting Meadows telling a crowd at a campaign event that "2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is."

Ultimately, the two made up and apologized, but the fact remains that Tlaib said what she said. 

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