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 writes about the people, the politics, and the magic of Louisiana. He is the founder and publisher of the Bayou Brief and a contributing writer for the Daily Beast. Lamar is best known for his investigative reporting on public corruption, racism, and civil rights. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and he's been the subject of profiles in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. Before launching the Bayou Brief, he published CenLamar, a popular blog that initially covered the drama of City Hall in his hometown of Alexandria. Lamar is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Today he lives in New Orleans and is currently writing a book about the life of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello.