Michel Cohen went before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. He’s going to jail, in part because he lied to Congress, and appeared before Congress again to assure them he wasn’t lying this time when he accused Donald Trump of being involved in everything from jaywalking to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. (I might, in fairness, have missed some of the details.)
If you wanted to see some real excitement, however, all you had to do was look at the members of the committee yelling at each other like elected banshees. And of course, this meant there were plenty of clips for their colleagues to tweet out.
The clip you probably saw most involved GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib (“we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf—-r!”) of Michigan.
Tlaib called out Meadows for “tokenism” for bringing Trump official Lynne Patton, an African-American woman who was there as a special guest of Rep. Meadows, according to The Daily Wire. Tlaib accused Meadows of tokenism, particularly since some of Cohen’s accusations revolved around the president allegedly saying racist things.
“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist and … the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee is alone racist in itself,” Tlaib said in a testy exchange.
And, given how closely Tlaib and Democratic freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York get along, it’s not terribly surprising that she stuck up for her via Twitter.
“Total bravery from @RashidaTlaib as she reminds the nation that tokenism *is* racism,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 28, 2019
Quite brave. Or racist, one of the two. Actually, a lot of people settled on number two.
Actually @RashidaTlaib displayed her racism for the world to see. She said a black woman wasn’t intelligent enough to be there of her own free will and instead was there only because the white man told her to be there. Antisemitic and says black women don’t think for themselves
— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) March 1, 2019
This is an ugly racist tweet.
Assuming that a woman of color is too stupid to know what she wants and she is being used as a “token” is racist. https://t.co/GJA1whzuI8
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 28, 2019
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 28, 2019
And perhaps my favorite:
How many Black people are o your staff? https://t.co/X8hzCDFfHx
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) February 28, 2019
Ostentatious wokness has absolutely nothing to do with calling out racism.
Rather, it’s being seen as having called out racism. And, as you do it, it’s apparently perfectly OK to be racist, to reduce a woman to nothing more than a “token” without actually saying her name. This is the real racism, straight from Ocasio-Cortez.
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