Two House Democrats blasted Republicans on Wednesday, saying the failure to aggressively prosecute Hunter Biden was a sign of a “two-tier justice system” and said the GOP was stealing the term from the civil rights movement.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee held a hearing Wednesday from two IRS whistleblowers, furthering the GOP’s goal of highlighting how President Biden’s son was allowed to avoid serious penalties despite evidence of a cash-in scheme in Biden’s name.
Democrats used the hearing to focus on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, but two Democrats went further to say that Republicans should not be allowed to use the term “two-tiered justice system” in reference to the Bidens.
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“They’re using you and using your story and using your work to make this argument for themselves,” said Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla. told two whistleblowers.
“Since Jan. 6, these Republicans and Trump have complained about a two-tier justice system, aligning the language of the decades-long civil rights movement for black lives and black liberation,” he said.
“There is a two-tiered justice system, but it’s not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Frost added. “This language, the two-tier system of justice, has a real history. It has a real history with Emmett Till. It has a real history with Breonna Taylor. It has a real history with George Floyd, the Central Park Five.”
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He said the two-tiered justice system is “about black, brown and poor people versus everyone else, and I will not accept it when Republican politicians want to appropriate the language of the movement for black lives and civil rights to fit a political agenda to defend Donald Trump.”
Rep. Summer Lee, D-Pa., agreed with Frost later in the hearing when it was time for her to speak, saying that black and brown people in America are “over-criminalized and over-incarcerated.”
He criticized House Republicans and Trump for using the term “two-tier justice system.”
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“I would like to point out the way my Republican colleagues are trying to co-opt the phrase ‘two-tiered justice system’ into something that Trump and his cronies are somehow trying to impress here when the fact is that the term two-tiered justice system is meant to refer to the actual system that exists in the United States and that affects all of their black and powerful political presidents.”
Lee cited statistics showing that black and Native American men face higher incarceration rates than white men and said the GOP should not be allowed to confuse the issue by using the term.
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“Republican efforts to use the term two-tiered justice are a distraction from the people who are truly disparate in our criminal justice system, and whether we say it out loud or not, we all know who those people are,” he said.