Room laughs when Republican senator declares ‘I don’t want reality’

Colleagues of Sen. Markwayne Mullin had a laugh at his expense when during a heated debate, he declared that he doesn’t want “reality.”

During a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Senate Committee hearing, Mullin asked a panel of witnesses whether a children’s book on race or the lyrics to “Jesus Loves Me” are more appropriate in a school classroom.

He then read from a book titled “Our Skin” and chose a passage that accused White people of inventing “a thing called race” and then using it to divide people. He asked the panel if the lyrics to the Christian song would be more appropriate than a book on race.

“If you don’t want to answer my question, that’s fine. Let’s move on down the panel. Which one is better to be taught? This book or the ‘Jesus Loves Me’ lyrics that say everybody’s skin doesn’t matter. They’re all precious in his sight,” Mullin said.

“So which one is better?” he asked President of the Virginia Alliance for Family Child Care Associations Cheryl Morman.

“But the reality is…” Morman said before Mullin interrupted her.

“I don’t want reality. I’m asking the question, which one is better? That’s exactly what it is,” Mullin said, sparking an outbreak of laughter in the room.

“Got it on tape,” an unidentified senator quipped.

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