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Reb. Bobby Rush wore a hoodie to protest the recent shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. But lawmakers aren't allowed to wear hats while on the House floor.
Rep. Bobby Rush put on a hoodie during a speech on the House floor to protest the shooting death last month of Trayvon Martin. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot to death by George Zimmerman while wearing a hoodie.
But Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted and asked Rush to leave on a technicality: lawmakers aren't allowed to wear hats while on the House floor, The Hill reported.
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Rush, an Illinois Democrat, removed his suit coat and pulled up the hood on a sweatshirt he was wearing, the Associated Press reported. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum," Rush said.
Harper tried to interrupt. "The member will suspend," he said while hitting the podium. But Rush continued with his speech.
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Harper then announced: "The chair will ask the sergeant in arms to enforce the prohibition on decor."
Or, in layman's terms: "Hey security guard, kick out the guy with the hat."
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