Bobby Rush Removed from House Floor for Donning Hoodie

Rush was reprimanded for wearing the hoodie to make a point about the killing of Trayvon Martin

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:44 PM CDT
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Rep. Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.) was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday for donning a hoodie and sunglasses in support of Trayvon Martin.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.) was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday for donning a hoodie and sunglasses in support of Trayvon Martin.

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.) was asked to the leave the House floor Wednesday morning after donning a hoodie to make a point about the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

"Racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker," Rush said as he pulled off his suit coat to reveal a grey hoodie. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."

Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), presiding officer, spoke over Rush and asked him to stop talking as the representative put on dark sunglasses and began quoting Bible verses.

At one point Harper instructs the Sergeant at Arms to remove him. After Rush left, Harper pointed to the clause that denotes dress code in the chamber.

"The chair must remind members that Clause 5 of Rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session," Harper said. "The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule."

"Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor," he said.
 

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