Monday, March 22, 2010

Emanuel Cleaver spit on, called 'n' word by tea partiers but still votes for health-care reform

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:38 AM

click to enlarge Sadly, Emanuel Cleaver has heard racial slurs before.
  • Sadly, Emanuel Cleaver has heard racial slurs before.

Calling Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II the "n-word" and spitting on him isn't the way to winning his vote. Go figure. Cleaver wouldn't be bullied and voted for health-care reform, which passed the House 219-212 last night, sending the bill to President Obama to sign into law.

Earlier this weekend. tea party protesters chanted "Kill the bill, nigger" at Cleaver and members of the Congressional Black Caucus who attended a speech on health care by the president on Saturday.

"It was a chorus," Cleaver told McClatchy Newspapers. "In a way, I

feel sorry for those people who are doing this

nasty stuff -- they're being whipped up. ... I decided I wouldn't be angry

with any of them."

The Washington

Post reported that Cleaver was spit on while walking to the

Capitol to vote, which led Capitol Police to escort him inside the

building "out of concern for his safety." The spitter was arrested, but

Cleaver declined

to press charges.

"This is not the first time the congressman has been called

the "n" word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his

years fighting for equal rights for all Americans," said Danny Rotert,

Cleaver's spokesman. "That being said, he is disappointed that in the

21st century our national discourse has devolved to the point of

name-calling and spitting."

The ugliness wasn't just racist. It was homophobic. Congressman Barney

Frank was also reportedly called

a "faggot"

Republicans and Tea Partiers are disowning

the spitters, racists and homophobes. Although there are deniers who

claim this was all orchestrated by Democrats or a fabrication by

Cleaver. By the way, Congressmen John Lewis, Andre Carson and

House Majority

Whip James Clyburn all confirmed the story.


Here's how Missouri and Kansas lawmakers voted (via the New

York Times).


A "yes" vote for health-care reform
Russ Carnahan
William

Lacy Clay
Emanuel Cleaver II
Dennis Moore

A "no" vote

against health-care reform

Todd Akin
Roy Blunt
Jo Ann Emerson
Sam Graves
Blaine

Luetkmeyer
Ike Skelton
Lynn Jenkins
Jerry Moran
Todd

Tiahrt

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