Rep. Mark Meadows, the folksy head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has an interesting way of making a point.

Take his speech at the the American Spectator's Robert L. Bartley Gala at the Trump International Hotel last week, attended by Washington's conservative royalty, including Americans for Tax Reform czar Grover Norquist, Heritage Foundation founder Edwin Feulner, and funnyman Ben Stein.

His theme was "how in the world did we get here?" a reference to political correctness, the Left's bullying on conservative speech, and even NFL players protesting the National Anthem.

Meadows recalled that soon after he got married, he and his wife visited his in-laws in Atlanta.

"In the middle of the night, in my skivvies," he went to the bathroom. But on the way back, "I was sleepwalking," and he made a wrong turn into the bedroom of his in-laws.

"I proceeded to crawl in bed with my mother- and father-in-law, between them. I wake up to her dad rubbing my back and her mother saying, ‘What's he doing here?'" said the North Carolina Republican.

As the laughter subsided, he asked, "How in the world did we get where we are today where we start to tolerate some of the things that are going on."

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