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Sharpton Grilled for Years of Racist Comments at Hearing on Policing Practices

Things didn’t go according to plan at this week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on law enforcement policing tactics and police brutality.

Several people testified, including MSNBC host Al Sharpton.

Sharpton is known for inserting himself into matters between law enforcement and black Americans before knowing all of the facts.

What was supposed to be a hearing on policing tactics at one point turned into a chaotic battle of words between Sharpton and Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz.

Gaetz turned the tables on Sharpton and confronted him with a list of years of his inflammatory comments, including, “Have you ever referred to members of the Jewish faith as white interlopers or diamond merchants?”

The Washington Examiner reports:

Gaetz, 37, brought up an old resolution MSNBC host Joe Scarborough introduced when he was a congressman, which condemned Sharpton for “racist and anti-Semitic views,” including calling Jews “blood-sucking Jews” and “Jew bastards.”

“They are patently untrue,” Sharpton said. “I never said that.”

Gaetz Tweeted a clip of his exchange with Sharpton.

House Democrat members came to Sharpton’s defense, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who said Gaetz’s questioning was “obnoxious,” and Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee who said, “This is an outrage.”

Given Sharpton’s long history of racial division and harmful rhetoric it’s outrageous he has his own cable TV show on MSNBC.

Watch the full exchange below.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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