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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 Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (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.{mosads}

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 Trump 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 Cummings (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.”

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