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Patton is a longtime associate of the Trump family who is now a high-ranking political appointee to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"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", Tlaib said.

The committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is black, ultimately sided with Meadows, and Tlaib clarified her comments to say that she did not intend to call Meadows racist.

"Having endured the public comments of racism from the sitting president, being a black person, I can only imagine what is being said in private", Lawrence said.

Tlaib, the last member to speak, made her remarks about Meadows' move and the two got into a shouting match. According to the Roll Call story, Meadows's remarks came after a man asked him: "The question I have, if you're sent to Congress, will you pursue some kind of investigation to find out whether or not this, uh, guy is really a citizen and entitled to those authorities?" From his company's discrimination against Black potential renters in the 1970s in New York City to his divisive and racist comments that labeled Mexican immigrants as criminals to his refusal to acknowledge that President Barack Obama is a native born United States citizen. That is more racist than being put up there as quote-unquote prop. Trump has time and time again done so much for the black community. "How do you reconcile the two of those?"

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"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean that they aren't racist", Tlaib said at the hearing. Patton, now a HUD official, "may do press to push back against testimony that Trump is racist", the report said. As a person of color in this committee, that's how I felt at that moment and I wanted to express that.

Meadows then said he had spent time with Trump and had never heard him any racist remarks. "But I said "someone" in general". "I was there to represent one man", Patton, who is African-American, told "Fox & Friends" Thursday, adding that the president's economic policies have benefited people of color.

And yet, Detroit Rep. Rashida Tlaib is in the spotlight tonight, for calling a Republican colleague's defense of Trump "racist in itself".

On Tuesday - before Cohen released his statement - White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was "laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies".