On Wednesday, the House entered final debate on the Senate version of the latest wave of relief from the pandemic that's killed over 500 thousand Americans.
The $1.9 trillion package enjoys widespread support on all sides of the aisle among the American people, but none of that support translates to Republican elected officials.
That's why Republican representatives railed against the bill over the course of the debate, characterizing the legislation as "socialist" and a "Democrat wish list."
Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin took that rhetoric a step further, advancing anti-Black stereotypes with his demonization of the Black Lives Matter movement—a favorite target of the Republican party.
"First, one of the things that hasn't been mentioned, the increase in the earned income tax credit for single people has a marriage penalty in it. I bring it up because I know the strength that Black Lives Matter had in this last election. I know it's a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family — disturbed that we have another program here in which we're increasing the marriage penalty."
His words received immediate rebuke from Democratic Virgin Islands Delegate Stacey Plaskett, who served as an impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump's trial in the Senate earlier this year.
#BlackLivesMatter and I had to let my Colleague from Wisconsin know that in so many words today. #HowDareYou… https://t.co/DsA6kttGo4— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@Rep. Stacey Plaskett) 1615391480.0
"I hope my colleague from Wisconsin will not leave at this time, as he's talked about Black Lives Matter. How dare you, how dare you say that Black Lives Matter, Black people do not understand old fashioned families despite some of the issues, some of the things that you have put forward that I've heard out of your mouth in the Oversight Committee, in your own district."
"We have been able to keep our families alive for over 400 years, and the assault on our families to not have Black lives or not even have Black families. How dare you say that we are not interested in families in the Black community. That is outrageous that should be stricken down."
Her words were met with widespread praise.
Thank you Congresswoman Plaskett! But hold TF up, who said Black people don't understand families? These RepubliKkk… https://t.co/TRi8kL84Lp— BlackWomenViews Media (@BlackWomenViews Media) 1615393966.0
This is a word. Representative @StaceyPlaskett responding to comments made by Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI)… https://t.co/KCKFFx5MyR— uché blackstock, md (@uché blackstock, md) 1615395368.0
@StaceyPlaskett thank you for standing up and speaking for so many of us. It is beyond time for the appropriate nar… https://t.co/h5zz1bI1sR— Openly Black in the A (Green) (@Openly Black in the A (Green)) 1615398826.0
We have to push back on these awful narratives that disparage Black & brown families at every turn. https://t.co/MPXQvvTjAv— Dr. LMGreenhill (@Dr. LMGreenhill) 1615400104.0
Thank you Rep. Plaskett. We must continue to call out this type of rhetoric. https://t.co/8vmvWmdIko— Andrea Bond Johnson (@Andrea Bond Johnson) 1615399906.0
Meanwhile, Grothman's racist quip faced criticisms from social media users across the country.
The contrasts couldn’t be any clearer. The racial derogation is disgusting. This week GOPers have gone after Black… https://t.co/SEXvrXTQgx— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair) 1615399472.0
I don’t speak racism. Can someone translate this? https://t.co/ByHzMtjghQ— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari Sellers) 1615396457.0
“I know the strength Black Lives Matter had in this last election” This is open white supremacist language rejecti… https://t.co/CZCfDfRKPA— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞) 1615395634.0
This is really what they think of us. Pure, unabashed, outright racism on the floor of the US House. https://t.co/YC3S1Yxtno— Bath & Bella Works 🚿🕯🛁 (@Bath & Bella Works 🚿🕯🛁) 1615392966.0
The House passed the American Rescue Plan on Wednesday afternoon. Now, it heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law.