Although Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC.) denied allegations of racism on Wednesday during a House committee meeting, two videos recently resurfaced that prove that he is in fact a racist, according to USA Today. The two videos were from 2012 in which the representative promised to send President Barack Obama “home to Kenya.”
The videos were shared by liberal commentators during Michael Cohen’s hearing Wednesday. Meadows invited Trump associate and Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton to the hearing. He referred to her while disputing allegations from Cohen that President Trump is a racist.
"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, does not mean they aren't racist," Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said. She continued to say that using Patton as a political “prop” was racist.
Meadows denied the implication and asked for Tlaib’s comments to be “stricken from the 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. He denied using Patton as a “prop” and said, "It's racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason."
Patton was also angered by Tlaib’s comment. On Wednesday, she listed some of her accomplishments on Facebook and added, “That is not the resume of a prop.”
The videos of Meadows from 2012 — which show the lawmaker promoting the racist conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya — began gaining steam on social media.
"2012 is the time we're going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is," Meadows said at a June 9, 2012 rally. "We're going to do it!" He made a similar statement three days later.
In a 2012 interview, Meadows admitted it was “probably a poor choice of words on my part more than anything else.”