What happens anytime a person disagrees with the left? They are suddenly racist, homophobic, sexist, or bigots. I'm sure there are other slander I could add to that list but you get the point.
On Thursday, Rep. Mondaire Jones and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Republicans who oppose the Democrat-driven push to turn Washington, D.C. into a state of being "bigots" and "racist trash."
How does opposing turning D.C. into a state equal racism? That is lost on me.
In a floor speech, the progressive freshman took aim at Georgia GOP Rep. Jody Hice, who argued last month that "DC would be the only state -- the only state -- without an airport, without a car dealership, without a capital city, without a landfill,” and Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton’s contrast last year between D.C. and a “well-rounded, working class state” like Wyoming.
“Mr. Speaker, I’ve had enough of my colleagues racist insinuations that somehow the people of D.C. are incapable or unworthy of our democracy,” Jones said. “I had no idea there were so many syllables in the word ‘white,’” he added, in reference to Cotton’s remarks.
Chaos ensues on the House floor after Republicans ask Rep. Mondaire Jones to withdraw his remarks calling GOP arguments on D.C. statehood "racist trash" pic.twitter.com/6PdJkgVRjZ
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) April 22, 2021
“One of my House colleagues said D.C. shouldn’t be a state because the district doesn’t have a landfill,” Jones continued. “My goodness, with all the racist trash they have brought to this debate I can see where they’re worried about having a place to put it.”
“There is no good faith argument for disenfranchising over 700,000 people, most of whom are people of color," he added.
Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who, in an earlier speech, accused Congress of trying to “take Maryland’s land from it” with D.C. statehood and warned of an “uncontrolled mob” like the protests outside the White House last summer showing up at the new D.C. border, asked for Jones to agree to have his remarks stricken from the record, Forbes reported.
Then after several minutes of heated back and forth on parliamentary procedure, Jones said “you have my consent to withdraw” — but continued that Republicans “fear that white supremacist politics won’t work anywhere in America,” Forbes reported.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who sat behind Jones during the exchange told Forbes that Harris objected to the content of Jones’ speech, specifically “something that he said that rubbed Harris the wrong way.”
A spokesperson for Jones told Forbes the lawmaker was “simply calling out GOP opposition to D.C. statehood for what it is: racist trash,” and that he acceded to GOP demands to “avoid an unnecessary vote,” adding: “he stands by what he said.”
According to Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also said that GOP opposition to the statehood bill “has taken a rather dark turn,” and that “one member of the minority party went as far to say, lawmakers “should go out where the real people are across the country and ask them what they think about D.C. statehood.”
“Bigotry. Bigotry. Bigotry...it’s shockingly inappropriate to imply that lives and occupations and rights of DC residents are somehow less than their fellow citizens..in more ‘white parts of the country’,” Schumer declared.
1) Schumer says GOP opposition to DC statehood bill “has taken a rather dark turn.” Says “one member of the minority party went as far to say, lawmakers “should go out where the real people are across the country & ask them what they think about DC statehood.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 22, 2021
2) Schumer: “Bigotry. Bigotry. Bigotry...it’s shockingly inappropriate to imply that lives and occupations and rights of DC residents are somehow less than their fellow citizens..in more ‘white parts of the country’”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 22, 2021
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