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Clip of Meadows saying send Obama back to 'Kenya or wherever' resurfaces after clash with Tlaib

A heated exchange between Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPence's 'body man' among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report Murphy says US would be 'better off' if Trump admin 'did nothing' on coronavirus Biden: Meadows coronavirus remark a 'candid acknowledgement' of Trump strategy 'to wave the white flag' MORE (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (D-Mich.) prompted Twitter users on Wednesday to resurface comments Meadows made in 2012 about sending former President Obama "home to Kenya or wherever it is."

Steve Morris of the left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters for America posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday that showed then-candidate Meadows pledging that 2012 "is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is." 

Meadows was elected to the House that year, while Obama won a second term in the White House. Meadows's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Wednesday night.

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The clip was retweeted by several high-profile Democratic supporters, including actress Sarah Silverman, filmmaker Michael Moore and Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson. 

The video was posted after Meadows clashed with Tlaib on Wednesday during Michael Cohen's congressional hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Tlaib condemned Meadows's use of a statement by a single black woman working in the Trump administration to disprove allegations of racism against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE as a "racist act."

"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean that they aren't racist," Tlaib said during Wednesday's hearing.

"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," she continued.

Meadows fired back at Tlaib, asking her remarks to be stricken from the congressional 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.

Tlaib then clarified her remarks at the request of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview MORE (D-Md.), the committee's chairman.

“As everybody knows in this chamber, I’m pretty direct. If I wanted to say that I would have,” the Michigan congresswoman said. “But that’s not what I said.”