Rep John Lewis (D-GA)

*With the healthcare reform bill on the verge on getting enough votes to pass, the ugliness is coming out in the opposition. On Saturday, Tea Party protestors took out their anger on black congressmen with racist epithets.

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black. “It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn’t frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”

Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said a protester spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is black. Clyburn, who led fellow black students in integrating South Carolina’s public facilities a half century ago, called the behavior “absolutely shocking.” “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus,” Clyburn told reporters.

 

Read more at Time.com.

Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the a statement Saturday evening after learning about the racist and inflammatory behavior the Congressmen suffered at Saturday’s health reform protest. Read it here.