Lynne Patton Michael Cohen


Republican brings Black aide to Cohen testimony to show Trump isn’t racist

Meadow was criticized on Twitter.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Feb 27, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 6:10 pm CDT

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) criticized Michael Cohen’s testimony that President Donald Trump is a “racist” on Wednesday while having Lynne Patton, who is Black and works for the administration, stand behind him.

Meadows referred to points in Cohen’s testimony where he recalled moments in the past where Trump made racist remarks, adding that Patton didn’t agree with them.

“You made some very demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with,” Meadows said. “In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism. She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist. How do you reconcile the two of those, Mr. Cohen?”

Cohen shot back:

“As neither should I, as the son of a Holocaust survivor.”

Meadows than said that he spoke with Trump “over 300 times” and never heard him say something racist. But the choice to have Patton behind him as Meadows spoke was criticized by people online.


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*First Published: Feb 27, 2019, 11:50 am CST