Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet recently heard testimony regarding Supreme Court ethics. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) challenged Mark Paoletta’s assertion that Democrats hate Justice Clarence Thomas because he’s a black conservative —and Paoletta immediately shuts him down.

“What evidence do you have to support that incendiary charge?” Jeffries asked.

“When Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) calls him an ‘Uncle Tom’ because of his views on voter ID and affirmative action, when in fact more black Americans support voter ID, and with respect to affirmative action and college education, 62% opposed to it. So that is the most vile, disgusting thing you can say and so yes, that’s the evidence,” Paoletta responded.

“Reclaiming my time, there are a lot of vile and disgusting things-” Jeffries says, trying to save face.

“You just asked me for an example,” Paoletta says.

“The notion that that answer is, and some members on this side of the aisle and others have been called the N-word throughout different points in our lives, but lies the point you have a particular bias, and its an overstatement which is not surprising when you look at the balance of your testimony. And if Chairman Bennie Thompson has an observation to make, he’s entitled to free speech.”

“Can I give you another example?” Paoletta asked.

“No,” Jeffries says.

Watch the clip above.

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