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Bridget Johnson


March 28, 2012 - 8:19 am

A Democrat was ejected from the House floor this morning after giving a statement on the Trayvon Martin case while wearing a hoodie.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) pulled off his suit jacket to reveal the gray hoodie, then pulled the hood over his head while decrying racial profiling of young men wearing the garment as “hoodlums.”

Rush also donned sunglasses, even though Martin was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 after 7 p.m. — after the sun had gone down.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), who was presiding over the House, said that the attire violated the ban on hats on the floor of the chamber. The rule dates back to 1837 and has been protested by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), known for her flamboyant toppers.

“The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule,” Harper said after Rush left the floor. “Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”

The hoodie speech comes less than a day after House Judiciary Committee Democrats welcomed Trayvon Martin’s parents to a standing-room-only briefing on the case.

(Photo courtesy of C-SPAN)

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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