Rep. Hakeem Jeffries went on the offensive towards ex-New York Jet-turned-GOP-Congressman Burgess Owens throughout the retired security’s first day on the Home Judiciary Committee.
The takedown has change into a social-media landing.
“You need to sit right here and lecture us about patriotism once you voted to object to an election that you realize Joe Biden received and perpetuate the large lie?” Jeffries stated, referring to Owens’ vote towards certifying the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. “The notion of you coming in right here and lecturing us in your first day earlier than this committee. … Clarify your actions on Jan. 7 once you supported an rebellion.”
Jeffries was responding to a speech made by Owens, who represents Utah, in help of a proposal by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida for the committee to recite the Pledge of Allegiance firstly of every session. The measure was shortly shot down.
“It’s not about phrases, it’s about actions. Fifteen seconds to point out our youngsters that we’re adults, and we are able to conform to disagree, and that we love our nation sufficient we are able to at the least stand to signify our flag,” Owens stated.
Owens, who performed seven seasons for Gang Inexperienced within the 1970s, is a frequent Fox Information contributor and critic of NFL gamers kneeling throughout the Nationwide Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality. Owens, who’s black, threatened final 12 months to cease watching video games if the motion continued.