Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) badgered a pro-vaping witness at a hearing on e-cigarettes and lung damage Tuesday, bizarrely accusing the witness of winking at someone in the room as part of a conspiracy and questioned whether the witness was a former communist. The hearing was held by the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.
Vicki Porter, 51, from Wisconsin, who said she quit smoking by taking up vaping and was in good health, declined to answer Tlaib’s question on her being a self-described “converted conservative and reformed Marxist”. Porter answered the question about her winking, explaining to Tlaib that she was winking at a friend, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), who had introduced her at the hearing.
C-SPAN video clip posted by the Daily Caller to Twitter:
During a subcommittee hearing on e-Cigarettes, Rep. Rashida Tlaib accused a witness of a “conspiracy” and lying about quitting smoking because she winked at a Republican member of the committee. pic.twitter.com/R5ir5qUnGI
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 24, 2019
USA Today posted a transcript.
…You call yourself a converted conservative and a reformed Marxist,” Tlaib continued. “Are you a conspiracy theorist?”
“I think my politics are entirely irrelevant to this hearing,” Porter replied.
“Oh, OK, why were you winking at one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle? You winked.” Tlaib asked.
Porter responded, saying that she knows Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman, who was present at the hearing.
“He’s a friend of mine,” Porter said.
“I didn’t know what the winking was,” Tlaib said. “I thought maybe there was something, like a conspiracy thing going on there. I didn’t know.”
“You think there’s a conspiracy in this hearing, ma’am?” Porter said…
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