Pro-Trump Rep Drops Truth Nukes in Fiery Debate

Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., got into a fiery back-and-forth when the House Judiciary Committee met on Wednesday to markup the police reform bill.

The dust-up between the two lawmakers started when Richmond said he was “angry as hell” at his Republican colleagues who “keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction” and asking them to not “make a mockery of the pain that exists in my community.”

“I am absolutely sitting here offended and angry as hell, and I want to explain to what we always say is how we refer to each other, my good friends on the other side. By the time I’m finished, you will be clear that we are not good friends,” Richmond, who is African-American, said.

He added: “As a black male who went to a fifth best public high school in the country. Who was a victim of excessive force, who has a black son, who has worries that you all don’t. To my colleagues, especially the ones that keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction from what we’re talking about, you all are white males. You never lived in my shoes. And you do not know what it’s like to be an African-American male. And all I’m saying is, if you are opposed to this legislation, let’s just have the vote, but please do not come in this committee room and make a mockery of the pain that exists in my community.”

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