Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois was booted from the House floor earlier today for wearing a hoodie during a speech. Rush was attempting to make a point about the now-infamous Trayvon Martin case. From CNN:
"Rush, a former Black Panther who was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, then took off his suit jacket, pulled a gray hoodie on over his head and put on sunglasses.
'Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,' he said.
As soon as Rush removed his jacket and put the hood on his head, Rep. Greg Harper, R-Mississippi, who was presiding over the House floor, began to gavel Rush down, saying he was out of order."
Apparently the House of Representatives has a “no hats” rule which Rush violated when putting on a hoodie. Rush tried to claim that a hoodie isn’t a hat, but his arguments fell on deaf ears, and he was forced to abandon his speech and leave the House floor. So in case you were unsure about whether or not the government is wasting your tax money, there you have it. These guys sit around talking about boring transportation bills all day, and the one time they have a chance to address pressing issues like gun control or racism, they argue about whether a hoodie constitutes a hat. Are short-sleeved dress shirts appropriate for Sunday church? Find out next week on a new episode of the U.S. House of Representatives!
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