Patton was invited to the hearing as Congressman Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) guest to counter Cohen’s claim that Trump was “racist.”
“She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist,” Meadows told Cohen.
Later during the hearing, Tlaib said, “Just to make a note, Mr. Chairman: Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, does not mean they aren’t racist and it is insensitive that some would even say – the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
Meadows fired back, “My nieces and nephews are people of color. Not many people know that,” he said. “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? It’s racist to suggest that I ask her to come in here for that reason.”
Patton released a statement on Instagram and blasted Tlaib:
“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.”
Watch the heated exchange between Tlaib and Meadows: