WATCH: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Attacks Vape Hearing Witness for Speaking Out Against Marxism, Accuses Her of Being in a Conspiracy
Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib was openly hostile towards a conservative witness during the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy hearing on vaping.
Rep. Tlaib accused the witness, Vicki Porter, of being part of a conspiracy for winking at Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman and demanded that she was lying about having quit smoking.
Porter was invited to speak at the hearing because she was able to quit smoking by switching to vapes and advocates for people quitting smoking.
“Ms. Porter, I was reading because I want to know more about you and your beliefs, and I respect that we all have different beliefs, but you call yourself a converted conservative and reformed Marxist? Are you a conspiracy theorist?” Tlaib asked.
Porter responded by saying, “I think my politics are entirely irrelevant to this hearing.”
“Okay, why were you winking at one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle? You winked,” Tlaib demanded.
Porter explained that Rep. Grothman is a friend of hers and was the one who introduced her.
“Oh, I understand. I didn’t know what the winking was. I thought maybe there was like a conspiracy thing going on. I didn’t know,” Tlaib bizarrely stated.
“You think there’s a conspiracy in this hearing, ma’am?” Porter replied, as shocked as everyone else hearing the freshman lawmaker’s assertion.
At this point, Rep. Tlaib’s hostility could not be contained any longer. She began accusing the witness of lying about quitting smoking.
Porter kept her cool, somehow, and stated plainly, “I’m not smoking and I’m not lying under oath.”