House Republican interrupted in reparations hearing by protester shouting 'you lie!'

House Republican interrupted in reparations hearing by protester shouting 'you lie!'
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A protestor yelled "you lie" as Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert turned away from jail to visit Jan. 6 defendants MORE (R-Texas) tried to make the point that Democrats were  historically the party that supported slavery during Wednesday's reparations hearing

Gohmert said the Democrats make no "reference" of their party's past platform of supporting slavery in the 1800s, as well as no reference to former Democratic presidents that owned slaves. 

Gohmert also said that there's no reference to Jim Crow laws, or the role "Democrats played in creating them," in that "pesky 50 year part of the DNC's missing years."

"It is important that we know our history and we not punish people today for the sins of their predecessors in the democratic party," Gohmert said, according to clips of the hearing shared on twitter. 

"You lie," said a protestor, identified as Rev. Mark Thompson by the Democratic Coalition on twitter.

President Abraham Lincoln, who led the country's fight to end slavery, was a Republican. The parties shifted key platforms between the 1860s and 1936, when Democrats President Franklin D. Roosevelt won on his New Deal platform in response to the Great Depression. 

"I just stated all facts, and again, we have people who are denying history that's not helpful to our discussion," Gohmert said. 

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing follows a bill from Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) that would form a commission to study whether descendants of slaves should receive reparations. 

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It is backed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.). 

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