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Rep. Bobby Rush Explains Hoodie Incident to The Blaze: Martin Killed for Wearing Hoodie in 'White Neighborhood


"Nothing but a piece of clothing."

In an exclusive interview with The Blaze, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) explains what motivated him to break House rules and put on a hoodie during a chaotic speech on Wednesday. It was a speech that eventually led to him getting yanked from the podium.

(Watch Rush's original speech)

When asked on Wednesday afternoon why he wore the hoodie on the House floor, he responded, "To demonstrate my outrage of Trayvon Martin's Murder."

"The reason he was killed was because he was a black man wearing a hoodie in a white neighborhood," he added.

"I also wanted to demonstrate that the hoodie is nothing but a piece of clothing. It should not be the cause of someone losing their life."



Rush also appeared on CNN where he actually donned the hoodie again. In that interview, he talked about the murder of his own son in 1999:

Jonathon M. Seidl contributed to this story.

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