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A Guide to Headwear in Congress – Graphic

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Congress member Bobby Rush (D-Il) was recently removed from the floor of Congress for wearing a hoodie in protest of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. ¬†The rule used to remove Rep. Rush dates to the 1800s and mandates that the wearing of hats on the floor is prohibited. ¬†Hoodies are apparently considered to be “hats” by congress, yet their definition doesn’t seem to extend to toupees (which many caucasian members of congress wear; though to be fair, Maxine Waters wears wigs).

To help people avoid being removed from the congressional floor in the future – I’ve created this helpful graphic and there’s a mnemonic that goes with it: “Toupee, OK – Hoodie, No Wai.”

A Guide to Headwear in Congress

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