Today, Lynn Patton, a longtime friend of President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and a longtime Trump family friend and employee of the Trump organization, appeared at the House Oversight Committee to refute Cohen’s claim that Donald Trump is a “racist.”
Patton tweeted about her appearance with an older image of her sitting with Michael Cohen.
I am honored to be the special guest of @RepMarkMeadows today. I am here in support of @POTUS and in support of the truth, as Michael Cohen (knows that I know) it to be. And the truth is that it doesn’t take you 15 years to call someone a racist. Unless they’re not one. pic.twitter.com/jPxeYTbTYT
— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) February 27, 2019
Here’s the video of Patton’s appearance with Rep. Mark Meadows at the House Oversight Committee hearing with Michael Cohen.
Watch: Rep. Mark Meadows brings in Trump administration staffer Lynne Patton to counter Cohen's remarks that Trump is racist: "Where's the proof?" pic.twitter.com/PTdx0GcIZ4
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 27, 2019
Shortly after her appearance in defense of President Trump, multiple white, liberal male journalists with large followings on Twitter attacked and demeaned the black female who has been heading up Section II of HUD since June 2017.
Josh Marshall, editor, and publisher of Talking Points Memo refers to Lynne Patton as an “African American party planner”
Meadows brings African American party planner, Lynne Patton, who worked for Trump org (and now runs part of HUD) to refute racism allegations. pic.twitter.com/x22GDtr6H3
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 27, 2019
Brian Klass, a political scientist at UCL and a columnist for the Washington Post calls Patton a “Trump family wedding planner.” Without knowing anything about how she performed in her job with the Trump organization, Klass states that Patton’s new job with HUD is “due to cronyism.” He goes out of his way to humiliate her, calling her a liar, and claiming she is “totally unqualified” for the HUD job where she is currently working.
Lynne Patton is the Trump family wedding planner who, due to cronyism, was put in charge of federal housing for all of New York and New Jersey despite being totally unqualified. And she lied on her CV about her degrees. Pointing to her isn’t a strong point in favor of Trump.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 27, 2019
Washington Post’s Drew Harwell tweeted that HUD employees were “confused” about over Lynn Patton’s appearance at the hearing. Harwell does his best to demean Patton, mocking her for making $160,000 a year, working at HUD with no housing experience. Perhaps Drew Harwell missed it, but Barack Obama became a multi-millionaire, and all he had to do was be a lousy, divisive president. His only real-life job experience was working as a “community organizer.”
"Lynne Patton’s appearance during the hearing confused HUD employees, who were expecting her to show up to work Wednesday." @TracyJan has been texting during the hearing with Patton, who has no housing experience and is paid $160,000 a year https://t.co/fGTvj41ZKm
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) February 27, 2019
David Gura of MSNBC accused Patton of not being very well educated, questioning how many college degrees she holds. Gura cites a Washington Post article that attempts to demean the “longtime Trump family employee with no experience in housing.”
Lynne Patton, who "had previously told the @nytimes that she had taken summer classes at @Yale and attended @QuinnipiacU Law for two semesters," "listed three schools under 'education' — Quinnipiac Law School, @univmiami and Yale University — with dates but no degrees." https://t.co/1Av3Df6GHF
— David Gura (@davidgura) February 27, 2019
Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star mocks Patton and her ability to hold a “senior federal housing job.” Dale appears to be mocking her in his tweet, calling her, “Eric Trump’s wedding planner” and questions Patton’s social media presence.
Lynne Patton has gone from planning Eric Trump's wedding, among other duties, to a senior federal housing job. Her very political social media presence is highly unusual for an official in her position. https://t.co/lYs4kls02A
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 27, 2019
Instead of attacking her directly, the MSNBC host Kyle Griffin hides behind comments women made to attack her on Twitter. Griffin has over 500K followers on Twitter. Here is one of his attacks, as he hides behind a quote by “Maya Wiley”:
Maya Wiley on Mark Meadows using Lynne Patton to deny Trump’s racism: “The most offensive thing I have ever seen in my life. And to take one person, parade her physically in front of cameras … That was the most irresponsible moment I have seen on TV in a very long time.”
Maya Wiley on Mark Meadows using Lynne Patton to deny Trump's racism: "The most offensive thing I have ever seen in my life. And to take one person, parade her physically in front of cameras … That was the most irresponsible moment I have seen on TV in a very long time." @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 27, 2019
White, male David Corn, DC. bureau chief of far-left Mother Jones makes a joke of Patton seated behind Rep. Mark Meadows. Corn seems to be insinuating that Patton is taking her proper place behind the white lawmaker. Where would Corn like her to sit—on Meadow’s lap—on the table in front of him? Nice racist comment…
.@MarkMeadows has a visual aide: Lynne Patton, a HUD official and an African-American, who says she wouldn't work for Trump if he was a racist. Sitting behind him.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 27, 2019
It wasn’t just the white, liberal men who demeaned and mocked Lynne Patton, Palestinian activist and Muslim freshman congresswoman demeaned Patton, reducing her to nothing more than a “prop, a black woman” who simply by the fact that she was in the “chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.” Hmmm…so when a black woman who happens to support our President, enters the House chambers, she is immediately labeled a “racist?”
Meadows angrily accuses Tlaib of racism for calling him racist pic.twitter.com/4Wj6FcJO6l
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2019
Last, but certainly not least, a white, male on Twitter, Steve Cortes, a CNN commentator, who sits on President Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council, called out freshman Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for her “unwanted slur” of Lynn Patton, calling it a “very racist and dismissive comment!”
Wow. @RashidaTlaib just called Ms Patton a “prop” as the Congresswoman makes accusations of racism. Incredible.
In point of fact, Tlaib’s unwarranted slur of Lynne Patton is itself a very racist and dismissive comment! https://t.co/UMUbvknXet
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) February 27, 2019