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‘Mic Drop Moment’: Hakeem Jeffries Breaks Out Notorious B.I.G. In Viral Trump Takedown

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<div><p>Representative <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/hakeem-jeffries" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hakeem Jeffries</a>, one of the House impeachment managers, went viral on Tuesday night for quoting rap legend <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/notorious-big" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Notorious B.I.G.</a>, aka Biggie Smalls, in response to a comment made by President <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/donald-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Donald Trump’s attorney.</a></p><p>During his opening statement, Trump attorney <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/jay-sekulow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jay Sekulow</a> asked: “Why are we here?” </p><p>That prompted Jeffries to deliver a concise point-by-point explanation of the allegations against Trump. </p><p>“We are here, Sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain,” Jeffries said. “We are here, Sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy.”   </p><p><strong>Watch:</strong></p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"If you don't know, now you know."<br><br>Impeachment manager Rep. Jeffries quotes The Notorious B.I.G. in concluding his answer to a Trump lawyer's question about why the US Senate is gathered for the trial. <a href="https://t.co/qDB70fNNbp" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/qDB70fNNbp</a><a href="https://t.co/Q7Jqe5Hukl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/Q7Jqe5Hukl</a></p>— MSNBC (@MSNBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1219810827395653634?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>At the end of his speech, Jeffries vowed to “follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the Constitution and present the truth to the American people.”</p><p>“That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow,” Jeffries added, then he broke out a line from Biggie’s “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JZom_gVfuw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Juicy</a>” for his finishing touch. “And if you don’t know, now you know.” </p><p>The line was also used in the Broadway hit “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jWVKYjy7E8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hamilton</a>.” </p><p>Jeffries represents the congressional district where the rapper was raised. In 2017, the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s slaying, <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/congressman-raps-biggie-smalls-house-floor_n_58c25cf0e4b0d1078ca5c6ca" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jeffries paid tribute to him</a> with a speech that included a few lines from “Juicy.” </p><p>On Twitter, Trump critics praised how Jeffries summed up the case against the president, right down to the “mic drop moment” at the end:  </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hakeem Jeffries - “If you don’t know, now you know.” Biggie (Juicy) breaks into the trial. Brooklyn in the house (Senate).</p>— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/EricHolder/status/1219806759239536643?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brilliant rebuttal by Brooklyn (and Queens) US Congressman Hakeem Jeffies who at the end of his presentation dropped a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Biggie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Biggie</a> line, <br>“If you don’t know, now you know.”</p>— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) <a href="https://twitter.com/K_JeanPierre/status/1219807300615135233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm here for Rep Hakeem Jeffries's oratory and the inclusion of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/biggiesmalls?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#biggiesmalls</a> for the mic drop. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ImpeachmentTrial?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ImpeachmentTrial</a><a href="https://t.co/eJOMrugV57" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/eJOMrugV57</a></p>— Pat Brown (@PatBrownShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatBrownShow/status/1219813357487828993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just a great rebuttal right now by Hakeem Jeffries.</p>— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidJollyFL/status/1219805308115177477?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“If you don’t know, now you know.” — <a href="https://twitter.com/RepJeffries?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@RepJeffries</a><a href="https://t.co/sLDLbo1cSk" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/sLDLbo1cSk</a></p>— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/tribelaw/status/1219850963076423681?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rep. Hakeem Jeffries just clapped back at that doofus Jay Sekulow with "and if you don't know, now you know."<br><br>And I am here, Sir, for it.<br><br>That speech was BRILLIANT. <a href="https://t.co/PFdIN4azKd" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/PFdIN4azKd</a></p>— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) <a href="https://twitter.com/mmpadellan/status/1219807852698722304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To close <a href="https://twitter.com/RepJeffries?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@RepJeffries</a> quoted Notorious B.I.G.'s Juicy ("And if you don't know, now you know"), and honestly I wouldn't mind 2 more hours of this if it required Jeffries explaining who the Notorious B.I.G. was to the United States Senate.</p>— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) <a href="https://twitter.com/DaviSusan/status/1219806220774715393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My man <a href="https://twitter.com/RepJeffries?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@RepJeffries</a> offered a rousing, pithy summary of the case against <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@POTUS</a> with a fact-based roll call of his grievous errors and impeccable offenses. He eloquently indicted those complicit with Trump, & hit em with the Biggie finish: “And if you don’t know, now you know!”</p>— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelEDyson/status/1219806791904759808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was pure🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 tonight. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ImpeachmentTrial?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ImpeachmentTrial</a><a href="https://t.co/z4R56dAGhv" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/z4R56dAGhv</a></p>— Dwayne Walton (@23dwayne) <a href="https://twitter.com/23dwayne/status/1219830710246133760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I can promise you that no more than 10 percent of the Senate recognized the source of this quote from Hakeem Jeffries: <a href="https://t.co/sq48A6Ac2K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/sq48A6Ac2K</a></p>— Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) <a href="https://twitter.com/jenhab/status/1219808033074745344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Representative Hakeem Jeffries, one of the House impeachment managers, went viral on Tuesday night for quoting rap legend Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, in response to a comment made by President Donald Trump’s attorney.

During his opening statement, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow asked: “Why are we here?” 

That prompted Jeffries to deliver a concise point-by-point explanation of the allegations against Trump. 

“We are here, Sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain,” Jeffries said. “We are here, Sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy.”   

Watch:

At the end of his speech, Jeffries vowed to “follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the Constitution and present the truth to the American people.”

“That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow,” Jeffries added, then he broke out a line from Biggie’s “Juicy” for his finishing touch. “And if you don’t know, now you know.” 

The line was also used in the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” 

Jeffries represents the congressional district where the rapper was raised. In 2017, the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s slaying, Jeffries paid tribute to him with a speech that included a few lines from “Juicy.” 

On Twitter, Trump critics praised how Jeffries summed up the case against the president, right down to the “mic drop moment” at the end:  

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hakeem-jeffries-notorious-big-viral-trump-takedown_au_5e28b4c3c5b67d8874ac25d9

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