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State Lawmaker Hints At Racism In Session

Posted at 5:12 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 07:48:22-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– A state lawmaker is saying he experienced racism and white supremacy during this past legislative session in Frankfort.

Representative Charles Booker, a Democrat from Louisville, posted on Facebook after he and another lawmaker got into a heated debate over an abortion bill.

Booker was initially talking about womens’ rights, but it escalated after House Speaker David Meade told Booker his time had expired.

At that point, Representative Randy Bridges reportedly yelled in the background.

Booker posted on Facebook over the weekend about how he felt about Bridges, but not naming him.

“A fellow legislator, a peer and equal to me in the House, got out of his seat, turned around, and at the top of his lungs yelled at me to “Sit Down!” I won’t mention his name now, because he doesn’t matter in this post. That said, you can imagine he hasn’t had to worry about redlining. I didn’t hear him at the time, because I was focused. But, you can clearly hear it in the clip I posted previously,” Booker said in a Facebook post.

Bridges says that claims he was being racist are ridiculous, but says he willingly apologizes for breaking the quorum of the house.

You can read the full post here: