Cedric Richmond is leading an effort to censure Donald Trump. Ralph Abraham floats a conspiracy theory.

Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is leading an effort to introduce a resolution seeking to censure President Donald Trump for his recent comments about “shithole” countries, according to multiple reports. Richmond’s move has already been endorsed by Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump’s remarks have also been denounced by Republican Rep. Mia Love, Sen. John McCain, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Speaker Paul Ryan.

The Daily Beast reports that the lawmakers plan to introduce a censure resolution on the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Meanwhile, another Louisiana Congressman, Ralph Abraham, a Republican from the 5th Congressional district, issued a bizarre defense of the President today, via Twitter and an official press statement. Among other things, Abraham claimed that the story was somehow a Democratic conspiracy, which is not true. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a participant in the meeting, essentially confirmed the President’s statements, and the White House has not officially denied any of the reports.

Abraham recently claimed that he is considering a run against incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.