On Thursday, former acting ICE director Thomas Homan appeared at a House hearing on border detentions. The Fox News contributor was on the job during some of Donald Trump’s most heinous and cruel immigration directives, and lawmakers wanted answers.
Apparently Homan’s time ran out during one response, which was really more of a ranty commentary Homan was trying to make. Rep. Pramila Jayapal alerted him that it was time to move on to the next question and that’s when Homan exploded, angrily yelling he would go over his time and then shouting at Rep. Jayapal, telling her “I’m a taxpayer, you work for me!”
To say it was grotesquely disrespectful is a bit of an understatement. It is hard to imagine Tom Homan speaking to any white male member of Congress like this, something Jayapal noted in her response to this video. Watch it below:
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) September 26, 2019
As the video began to get attention, Rep. Jayapal used Twitter to make a statement about his disrespect of both the rules and her, specifically:
If this is the way the ICE Director disrespects rules & Congressional oversight of his agency, it is no wonder that ICE has become a rogue agency. Homan did a wonderful job of proving this point. P.S. Also clear he can’t stand respecting brown immigrant woman’s power over him.
For his part, Homan ran back to his gig at Fox News to appear on Fox & Friends Friday morning, where he was basically hailed as a hero. That is also reflected in right-wing coverage of this same video.