Rashida Tlaib Accuses Republican Congressman of 'Racist Act' During Cohen Hearing

After the exchange between Tlaib and Congressman Mark Meadows, a 2012 video of Meadows saying send Obama back to 'Kenya or wherever' resurfaces

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen as Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill February 27, 2019
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Democratic freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib accused Republican Congressman Mark Meadows of racist behavior during Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

The heated exchange between Meadows and Tlaib then led to Twitter users resurfacing a 2012 video of Meadows saying, "this is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is."

Tlaib slammed Meadows for using one statement by a black woman as evidence that Donald Trump is not a racist.

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Sparks fly at Cohen hearing as Tlaib, Meadows spar over race

"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean that they aren't racist," Tlaib said during Wednesday's hearing.

"And it is insensitive ... the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself," she argued.

Meadows fired back at Tlaib, asking her remarks to be stricken from the congressional record.

"There’s nothing more personal to me than my relationship …. my nieces and nephews are people of color, not many people know that," Meadows said. Tlaib clarified that she did not call Meadows "a racist," but that she believes his statement was a "racist act."