Dem Rep. Bobby Rush Escorted Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie

It was a statement in honor of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin that had Bobby Rush, a congressman from Illinois escorted off the house floor on Wednesday morning.

After giving his opening statements, Rush removed his suit jacket, pulled up his hood, and put on a pair of sunglasses.

He then said, “Racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”

At this point, Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican congressman from Mississippi who was serving as the presiding speaker of the chamber, called Rush out of order. As Rush continued reading a passage from the Bible, his mic was abruptly shut off and he was escorted from the chamber.

Harper then explained hoods and hats were a violation in the chamber, and that was the reasoning for his removal.

Rules are rules.


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