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Rush reportedly removed his suit jacket to reveal a gray hoodie and put the hood up while saying, “Racial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
He also put on sunglasses.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Rush was asked to leave by House security staff after Rep. Gregg Harper (R., Miss.) said the hoodie violated the rule that prohibited wearing a hat on the House floor when it was in session.
“The chair must remind members that clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush was removed. ”The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Rush escorted Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s parents, to a forum Tuesday afternoon to discuss the killing of their 17-year-old son by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.