Don Lemon blasts republican congressman for 'racist act' at Cohen hearing

Saul Bowman
March 1, 2019

The drama unfolded during the House Oversight and Reform Committee's afternoon session with Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and "fixer" who's now headed to federal prison over a slew of financial crimes he committed while working for the president.

The remarks came as Cohen was recalling President Trump talking about what he believed to be inferior countries, attributing a number of alleged racist remarks to the president.

Patton, who has been a longtime friend of the Trump family and is a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said the president is colorblind.

On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Meadows said Cohen simply lacks the evidence to back up the "unbelievable claims" in his opening statement.

When asked pointedly by Kilmeade if she was used as a prop or token, Patton took aim at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

"She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, there is no way she would work for an individual who was racist", Meadows said.

Cohen himself seemed ready for Meadows' stunt during the exchange, telling the congressman, "Ask Miss Patton how many people who are black executives at the Trump Organization. The answer is zero". Patton is upping the ante by playing the race card right back at Tlaib by questioning Tlaib's racism for embracing the "liar" of similar complexion to Tlaib, rather than assuming Patton's own agency and respecting her perspective. Patton wasn't testifying; she was there to be photographed, her blackness a supposed rebuke to the idea that Trump is a racist. But I am not calling the gentleman, Mr. Meadows, a I'm saying that in itself, it is a racist act.

Asked by CNN why Patton was there, Meadows said: "she has information". "And it is even insensitive, some would even say the fact that someone would even use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself". "There's nothing more personal to me than my relationship - my nieces and nephews are people of color", he said, his face reddening and his voice rising.

Several Democratic female lawmakers on the panel questioned Meadows bringing Patton to the hearing, but the situation grew intense when Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib claimed Meadows' tactic was racist.

"I feel the wrong person apologized and I really, really, really am uncomfortable when women apologize when they didn't do anything wrong, when they were just speaking their mind, when they were speaking their truth". "You know, Trump has time and time again done so much for the black community and I'm proud to be a part of it".

Lynne Patton shared on Twitter that she was glad to be Meadows' guest today. Tlaib shows no signs of taking her foot off the gas.

"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 goal to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip", Patton wrote.

Cohen then went on to tell a story about driving through a poor Chicago neighborhood.

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