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Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls former ICE chief 'bigoted' during hearing — and gets a stinging response


"I've forgotten more about this issue than you'll ever know..."

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) got a stinging response when she called the testimony of former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan "bigoted" and "jingoistic."

The altercation came during Homan's testimony before the House Oversight Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee on Thursday.

"I think it's important to really make sure that the jingoistic, bigoted testimony of Mr. Homan is called out as nearly completely untrue, as being an outrage," Schultz said, "and as a former official directing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, he should know better."

Homan fired right back.

"What did I say was inaccurate?" Homan exclaimed.

"I just think it's important that it's not accepted as accurate testimony," said Schultz.

Homan returned to the subject when he was given time to respond to Schultz later in the hearing.

"If I can respond to the earlier remark from Wasserman Schultz, I've forgotten more about this issue than you'll ever know," he said sternly.

"So if you say my testimony is inaccurate, it's wrong," Homan continued. "Everything I said here is accurate. Bottom line. If you want to go toe to toe, I'm here. I'm here on my own time to speak to the American people about what's false and what's fact."

"I'm happy to go toe to toe with you Mr. Homan," Schultz replied. "I'm happy to do that any day."

"Then you gotta let me respond to your question rather than dropping a bomb and running away," Homan shot back.

Homan was also praised by many for defending ICE officers against the criticism of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in the same hearing.

Watch the altercation below:

Ex-ICE director shoots down House Democrat in heated exchange

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