Two lawmakers demonstrated civility and became an example for others to follow after an exchange during the Michael Cohen hearings.
Representatives Mark Meadows and Rashida Tlaib met on the House floor on Thursday to hear each other’s perspectives. They both apologized and ended in a friendly hug.
During an appearance on Laura Ingraham, Meadows explained why the exchange was so important.
“Well, but at the same time, listen, we’re in a civil society. That what separates us from the other nations is a civil society,” said Meadows. “And I just felt compelled to go down and offer a hand of friendship and say: listen, if there was anything that I did that personally offended you, it didn’t come from my heart.”
He also acknowledged that everyone makes mistakes, but the important concept to hold on to is working together to find common ground.
“We all say hurtful things. It’s more important that we reconcile,” Meadows said.
The exchange in question was due to Meadows inviting Lynne Patton to the hearing as an example of President Trump’s personal circle and evidence that he is not a racist like Cohen claims. However, Tlaib was not pleased with the strategy, saying that Patton was a “prop.”
“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren’t racist,” Tlaib said during the hearing. “And it is insensitive, and some would even say that the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee is alone racist in itself.”
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Speaking to reporters after Thursday’s exchange, Meadows said it was an important moment.
“It was a very good conversation,” said Meadows. “I just wanted her to know there is no animosity or hard feelings at all and she said the same and it was a very good moment.”