Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) wore a hoodie on the House floor this morning to speak out against the murder of Travyon Martin, but was removed from the floor by the Republican speaker pro tem Gregg Harper (R-MS) for violating House rules prohibiting the wearing of hats (video below).
As Rep. Rush spoke about the murder and racial profiling, he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey hoodie: “Just because someone wears a hoodie, [it] does not make them a hoodlum.”
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Rep. Rush flipped up the hood, put on a pair of sunglasses, and began reciting Bible verses.
Rep. Harper then banged his gavel and stated: “The member is out of order. The member is no longer recognized. The chair will ask the Sargent of Arms to enforce the prohibition on decorum. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”