A Democratic lawmaker running in one of the most closely watched 2024 Senate races has come under fire for using a racial slur during a House committee meeting moments after greeting a black White House official.

Rep. David Trone (D-Md.), referred to “this Republican j—-boo” during a House Budget Committee meeting Thursday, video showed.

Trone, 68, used the dated and offensive term for black people moments after welcoming Shalanda Young, head of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to the hearing, the Washington Post noted.

“So this Republican j—-boo that it’s the tax rate that’s stopping business investment, it’s just completely faulty by people who have never run a business, they’ve never been there,” said Trone, who also co-owns Total Wine & More.

The Democrat did not seem to pause or notice what he said as he continued his remarks praising President Biden’s tax policies.

But X users quickly took notice, even though most assumed he had not meant it as a racist slur.

“Rep. David David Trone needs to explain why TF he used the word j–boo in a budget hearing today,” wrote Reecie Colbert, host of “The Reecie Colbert Show” on Sirius XM, calling it “totally bizarre.”

“Since his ads paint him as a racial justice warrior, he *should* know better,” she argued.

Trone, whose main competition in the May 14 Maryland Democratic Senate primary is Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks — a black woman — later apologized, saying he meant to use the word “bugaboo.” The latter term refers to something that causes worry or fear.

“Today, while attempting to use the word ‘bugaboo’ in a hearing, I used a phrase that is offensive,” Trone said in a statement to Fox News, adding that the word he actually used “has a long, dark, terrible history.”

“It should never be used any time, anywhere, in any conversation,” he went on.

“I recognize that as a white man, I have privilege. And as an elected official, I have a responsibility for the words I use — especially in the heat of the moment,” Trone continued.

“Regardless of what I meant to say, I shouldn’t have used that language.”

Blacks make up nearly one-third of heavily Democratic Maryland’s population, according to Census estimates. For several decades, Prince George’s County enjoyed prominence as the richest majority-black county in the US.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary is likely to face off against Republican former Gov. Larry Hogan for the right to succeed the retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin.

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