Five House Democrats are under fire for accepting a $60,000 freebie trip to fly to South Africa to see a Beyonce concert..
U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York, Barbara Lee of California, Bobby Rush of Illinois, Terri Sewell of Alabama and Hank Johnson of Georgia took the highly expensive trip to South Africa last December, Fox News reported.
According to Fox:
They attended the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” concert from Dec. 1-3 to celebrate the centenary birth of the late Nelson Mandela and raise awareness of global poverty. In addition to Beyoncé, other musical acts included her husband Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin.
The five lawmakers posed for a snap shot standing alongside tax evader, confidence man, and criminal mischief maker Al Sharpton.
I’m in South Africa headed to the Global Citizen Festival with Congressional Black Caucus members Greg Meeks, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush & Hank Johnson & my @MSNBC colleague Joy Reid. #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA pic.twitter.com/vnYAbI8J09
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 2, 2018
The trip was paid for by the foreign group Global Citizen, a group that supposedly fights for the poor in under developed parts of the world. I wonder how many poor people could have lived like kings on that $60.000?
Some found the excess appalling.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a watchdog group, called the trip a “mockery.”
“These members of Congress that were given an all-expense paid vacation to party with Oprah, Jay Z, and Beyoncé in South Africa are claiming with a straight face this was needed to help poor children around the world live better lives,” Tom Anderson, president of the NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, told Examiner. “This was in fact, a mockery of House ethics rules on gifts and travel, the truly poor, and all Americans that expect members of Congress to live not only by the letter of the law but by the spirit and intentions of the rules of the House of Representatives.”
Must be nice to get free trips all around the world all the time as you “fight for the poor.”
Is this the big government liberals keep saying is only here to help “the little people”?
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