Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) moved to change the Hearing Selection of the Subcommittee on Armaments of the Federal Government Thursday in executive session “because Mr. Kennedy has repeatedly made despicable anti-Semitic and anti-Asian comments as recently as last week.”
The congresswoman he cited a House rule against testimony found to “defame, degrade, or incriminate” any person, which would allow the committee one-on-one to determine whether to allow such testimony in open hearing. Wasserman Schultz referred to Kennedy’s recent remarks about “ethnically targeting” COVID-19 to spare Jews and Ashkenazi Chinese, which the candidate He says he was misunderstood.
“Covid-19, there’s an argument that it’s ethnically targeted. COVID-19 disproportionately attacks certain races,” Kennedy said. seconds in The New York Post. “Covid-19 is targeting Caucasians and Blacks. The most immune people are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz just filed a motion to impeach Robert F. Kennedy Jr based on additional testimony
This is wild… pic.twitter.com/buNN8NeKCj
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A vote came after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) moved to introduce the motion, and another Republican, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), made a point of order to ask, “Is it the custom of this committee to censure views we disagree with from witnesses?”
On a 10-8 vote, the Republican majority’s motion to introduce the table succeeded, allowing the hearing to proceed as scheduled. Massie, when he voted to proceed, said it was a “yes, no censure.” Some Democrats also chimed in on his vote, including Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who said, “No to the Politburo Soviet,” and Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), who said, “No to hate speech.”
Kennedy, who has reached up to approximately 19% support in the 2024 Democratic primary polls, made an opening statement in which he insisted that “he has never uttered a sentence that was racist or anti-Semitic”.
The witness held up a letter signed by 102 Democratsincluding Wasserman Schultz and Goldman, who are two Jewish members of Congress, asking Republicans to dissuade Kennedy from testifying at the impeachment hearing.
“This itself is proof of the problem for which this hearing was convened. This is an attempt to censure a censure hearing,” he said.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. makes his opening statement on censorship before the select Subcommittee on Armaments of the Federal Government. pic.twitter.com/xpp2QZ6Tt4
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The hearing, chaired by Speaker Jim Jordan (R-OH), was called to “examine the federal government’s role in censoring Americans, the Missouri vs. Biden boxand the collusion of Big Tech with out-of-control government agencies to silence speech,” according to the Weaponization panel.
The other two witnesses at the hearing were Breitbart News Policy Editor Emma-Jo Morris and D. John Sauer, Special Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Department of Justice.