U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) railed against what he cited as a frivolous, politically-motivated Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama.
In comments on the House floor, Payne suggested that racism tinges the GOP suit.
“There’s something about him,” the Newark congressman said.
“There’s something about him,” he repeated, recalling Republicans who have said they cannot “even stand to look” at Obama.
“He is the President of the United States of America – the greatest nation in the world, the most powerful man in the world – and he deserves the respect that we have given every other president who has held that office,” Payne said. “[Republicans] will not stop at anything in order to have this president defeated and look like a failure.
“When has that been our history? This great democracy we have has been a battle over ideas and a coming together in a bipartisan manner. Mr. Speaker, just because Republicans disagree with the president’s policies or political persuasion, they do not have the right to sue him. Even the nation’s most conservative Supreme Court justices have said that Congress cannot sue the president in these circumstances. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are out of work – including nearly 300,000 people in my home state of New Jersey. Instead of Congress working together to create jobs, New Jerseyans are learning that Republicans are at it again, wasting taxpayer time and money on a frivolous lawsuit. My constituents are outraged!”