Congressman Bobby Rush got booted off the House floor on Wednesday for wearing his hoodie up.
As a tribute to slayed teen Trayvon Martin, the Democrat from Illinois took off his suit jacket while speaking, all Mister Rogers-style, revealing a hooded sweatshirt underneath. He commended supporters of Trayvon Martin for speaking out in the case and declared, "just because someone wears a hoodie, doesn't make him a hoodlum."
Rep. Greg Harper, who was presiding over the chamber, banged his gavel to no avail and eventually had him escorted off away from the podium. Rush kept on talking.
Apparently, the House considers a hoodie close enough to a hat, which is a violation of their strict dress code. After Rush was finally escorted out, Rep. Greg Harper reminded members hats (and hoods) are a no-no when the House is in session.