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Michael Cohen testimony: Brenda Lawrence blasts Mark Meadows in Trump racism argument

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Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan ripped into her Republican colleague Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina for bringing a black woman who works in the Trump administration to Michael Cohen’s testimony on Wednesday to prove the president isn’t racist.

Lawrence said that given the things President Donald Trump has said about minorities publicly, she can “only imagine” what he’s said privately.

“I just want to put on the record, as being a black American and having endured the public comments of racism from the sitting president, as being a black person, I can only imagine what’s being said in private,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence added, “To prop up one member of our race and to say that nullifies it is totally insulting.”

Meadows invited Lynne Patton, who works in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has longtime ties to Trump, as his guest to Cohen’s testimony. During Wednesday’s hearing, Meadows pointed to Patton as evidence Trump cannot be racist.

Earlier in the day, Cohen said Trump “is a racist” who once asked him if he “could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.’ This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States.”

Cohen added that Trump once told him “black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid. And yet I continued to work for him.”

Patton on Wednesday afternoon rejected Cohen’s comments in an interview with PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor.

“To me, today was not about the color of my skin,” Patton said. “Today was about two people who know the president equally and who disagree.”

Trump has been decried as racist for years, particularly due to his central role in perpetuating a conspiracy theory about former President Barack Obama’s place of birth. His rhetoric and policies as president, especially regarding immigrants, have compounded these views.

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