Rep. Val Demings of Florida was not rude to Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio when he tried to cut him off during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a new hate crimes bill yesterday .
Hate Crime Covid-19 Act aims to provide incentives to report hate crimes, increase funding for state-run hate crime hotlines, and increase sentences for people convicted under current hate crime laws.
Demings, the former Orlando Police Department chief, was criticizing what she called a “totally irrelevant” amendment that Republicans tried to sidestep to prevent offloading of police departments.
“I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years,” said the congresswoman. “It’s hard work and good police officers deserve your support. You know, it’s interesting to see my colleagues across the aisle supporting the police when it is politically appropriate to do so.
It was then that Jordan interrupted her, prompting Demings to slam his hand on the table.
“I have the floor, Mr. Jordan,” she scolded. “What? Did I hit a nerve?
But she hadn’t finished yet.
“Law enforcement officers deserve better than being used as pawns, and you and your colleagues should be ashamed of yourself,” she added.
It’s interesting to see my colleagues across the aisle supporting the police when it is politically expedient to do so, but not when the police officers who protect us every day here on Capitol Hill were fighting for their lives. because of the big lie. @HouseJudiciary pic.twitter.com/x9i9LO5AAi
– Representative Val Demings (@RepValDemings) April 20, 2021
Last week Jordan had a similar howling match with Rep. Jim Clyburn from South Carolina and Rep. Maxine Waters from California during a coronavirus hearing with Dr Anthony Fauci.
Jordan ignored Clyburn’s objections by continuing to yell rude questions at Fauci when it wasn’t his turn to speak, prompting Waters to step in and tell him to “shut his mouth.”
Maybe Jordan should focus on his college wrestling / gay sexual abuse scandal rather than constantly disrespecting his black colleagues. Just a thought.
And now the reactions …
Val Demings didn’t come to play… She came to kill ??
– Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) April 20, 2021
Val Demings ended Jim Jordan and I’m so here for it.
– Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) April 21, 2021
Rep Val Demings is missing a shoe because it’s up Jim Jordan’s ass.
– Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) April 20, 2021
Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Val Demings have more courage than all the men in the Democratic Party put together when it comes to direct schooling Republican Q-Nuts like Jim Jordan.
– Explosive space pillow Singh, MD? (@labyrinthweaver) April 20, 2021
Representative Val Demings just shut down Jim Jordan in a hearing and the world is a better place for it.
– Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 20, 2021
I love to see Jim Jordan become the property of strong black women.
– Erie Siobhan ?? (@ErieNotEerie) April 21, 2021
Did anyone else enjoy watching Val Demings tear up another asshole in Gym Jordan ??
– Mark Fryer (@ Markfry809) April 21, 2021
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.