Hoodie on the House Floor

Former Panther Rep. Rush Thrown Off House Floor for Breaking Rules of Decorum

The only man to ever defeat Barack Obama in an election was escorted off the House floor Wednesday morning.

Bobby Rush (D., Ill.) was booted from the floor for a dress code violation. Rush, co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party, removed his suit jacket to reveal a hooded sweatshirt and later donned sunglasses, while delivering a Bible-laced rant on Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen killed by a neighborhood watchman in February.

"Just because you wear a hoodie doesn’t make you a hoodlum," he said.

The speaker pro tempore banged his gavel several times throughout the exchange, but Rush refused to yield the floor. After 90 seconds, he ordered Rush removed.

House rules do not permit hats or sunglasses.