Congressman Matt Gaetz Exposes Reverend Al Sharpton During House Judiciary Hearing on Policing Practices

September 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) exposed Reverend Al Sharpton’s history of racist remarks and inflammatory actions by quoting a concurrent resolution by former U.S. Congressman Joe Scarborough, which detailed a pattern of questionable conduct by Reverend Al Sharpton.


The resolution, named Condemning the Racist and Anti-Semitic Views of Reverend Al Sharpton, recounted instances where Reverend Sharpton uttered repeated animosities toward the Jewish people, toward people of white descent, and toward people of color. Congressman Gaetz entered Mr. Scarborough’s resolution into the Congressional Record via unanimous consent.

 

A rough video of Congressman Gaetz’s exchange with Reverend Sharpton, excerpts from the exchange, and text of the resolution can be found below:


EXCERPTS:

 

Congressman Gaetz: Have you ever referred to members of the Jewish faith as “white interlopers” or “diamond merchants”?

 

Mr. Sharpton: No sir I referred to one in Harlem, an individual.

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Congressman Gaetz: Did you march next to a sign that said, “the white man is the devil”?

 

Mr. Sharpton: I have no recollection of that.

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Congressman Gaetz: Have you ever referred to African Americans that disagreed with you as “cocktail-sip negros”?

 

Mr. Sharpton: I have.

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Congressman Gaetz: Have you ever referred to African Americans who disagreed with you as “yellow,” and then the N-word?

 

Mr. Sharpton: I don’t know that I have…I’ve referred to people as names.

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Congressman Gaetz: Have you ever referred to African Americans that disagreed with you as “negro militants”?

 

Mr. Sharpton: I don’t know, I don’t recall.

 

RESOLUTION:

 

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 270

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

Condemning the racist and anti-Semitic views of the Reverend Al Sharpton

 

Whereas the Congress strongly rejects the racist and incendiary actions of the Reverend Al Sharpton;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as “bloodsucking [J]ews”, and “Jew bastards’”;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as “white interlopers” and “diamond merchants”;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton was found guilty of defamation by a jury in a New York court arising from the false accusation that former Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones, who is white, raped and assaulted a fifteen year-old black girl;

 

Whereas, to this day, the Reverend Al Sharpton has refused to accept responsibility and expresses no regret for defaming Mr. Pagones;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton’s vicious verbal anti-Semitic attacks directed at members of the Jewish faith, and in particular, a Jewish landlord, arising from a simple landlord-tenant dispute with a black tenant, incited widespread violence, riots, and the murder of five innocent people;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton’s fierce demagoguery incited violence, riots, and murder in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, following the accidental death of a black pedestrian child hit by the motorcade of Orthodox Rabbi Menachem Schneerson;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton led a protest in the Crown Heights neighborhood and marched next to a protester with a sign that read, “The White Man is the Devil”;

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has insulted members of the Jewish faith by challenging Jews to violence and stating to Jews to “pin down” their yarmulkes; and

 

Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has practiced the politics of racial division and made inflammatory remarks against whites by characterizing the death of Amadou Diallo as a “racially motivated police ‘assassination’”:

 

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),


That the Congress—

            (1) condemns the practices of the Reverend Al Sharpton, which seek to divide Americans on the basis of race, ethnicity, and religion;

            (2) expresses its outrage over the violence that has resulted due to the Reverend Al Sharpton’s incendiary words and actions; and

            (3) fervently urges elected officials and public servants, who have condoned and legitimized the Reverend Al Sharpton’s incendiary words and actions, to publicly denounce and condemn such racist and anti-Semitic views.

 

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