Rep. Marcia Fudge took to the House floor on Tuesday to read a letter from a constituent.
In a video posted by C-SPAN, Fudge said the letter came from the Rev. Ronald S. Williams, who the Washington Post identified as “the senior pastor and chief executive of Mount Zion Fellowship in Highland Hills, Ohio.”
“ ‘A mobster? A con man? A gangster in the White House? I think so,’ ” Fudge said. Then Fudge read what the pastor thinks about supporters of President Trump.
“ ‘It is glaringly apparent that many who support the president’s administration are either racists, steeped in religious beliefs, ignorant, or as my mother used to say, just plain dumb,’ ” Fudge said. “ ‘I believe the crooked ascension of Trump to the Oval Office is a gauge that measures the declining patriotic and moral values of the many citizens of America.’ ”
Fudge continued with the letter, in which the constituent said the Republican Party is like a “cult.”
“ ‘My growing concern is that the Congress and Senate of the United States have more of a personal interest for themselves rather than a patriotic duty to the people they represent,’ ” she read. “ ‘The Republicans appear to have become a Trump cult, and the Democrats refuse to move against this man in a collected, decisive way.’ “
The reading of the letter occurred during “morning hour” time, when lawmakers can talk about nearly anything. And Fudge was proud of herself, posting her speech on Twitter.
During today’s Special Morning Hour, I shared a letter from an OH-11 constituent concerning the current administration. Watch the video to view the full floor speech. pic.twitter.com/D3yx7lDECP
— Former Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) June 11, 2019
Fudge got bashed immediately — by a member of her own party.
“The chair will remind members that remarks and debate may not engage in personalities toward the president, including by repeating remarks made elsewhere that would be improper if spoken in the member’s own words,” said Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), who was then presiding over the House.
“What is a ‘personality?’ ” Fudge asked.
While that debate was going on, Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) was waiting at the podium to deliver his own speech.
“Are we in order here, or what are we doing?” Bucshon said. Then, addressing Fudge, he said, “You’re out of order.”
“And so are you,” Fudge said back to him.
“You’re out of order,” Bucshon repeated.
Jane Timken, the chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio, ripped Fudge for her comments. “I hope that this was a lapse in judgment from Rep. Fudge,” Timken said in a statement, according to Cleveland.com.
“This kind of language serves only to divide not unite — her constituents deserve more. But this goes to show that Democrats care more about playing identity politics than they do about winning back blue-dog Democrats who overwhelmingly supported the president.”
Timkin also said that “House Democrats’ shock that President Trump was completely exonerated from the Mueller Report has pushed them to go off the rails in their pursuit of the president.”