Newly Elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is no stranger to headlines, and following her recent attention, one would think she might want to stay out of the spotlight.
Just hours after being sworn in as a member of Congress last Thursday, Tlaib spoke at an event for MoveOn, a far-left “activist” group, and launched into a profanity-laced rant against Trump.
She began her remarks by recalling a conversation that she had with her son.
“People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win,’” Tlaib said, recalling what her son told her.
“And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.’ Because we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherf**ker!” she added, with the crowd roaring with cheers.
Democrat Rashida Tlaib during her first day as a U.S. Congresswoman: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf**ker.” pic.twitter.com/hG538ZOQlb
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 4, 2019
The next day, Tlaib was asked by several media outlets to address her comments. When she was confronted and asked about it, she ran from cameras and refused to answer questions.
She sure had the big words last night, but placed in front of a camera with potentially different views — she had nothing to say.
Benny Johnson from The Daily Caller shared the video of Tlaib running from the cameras.
After victoriously shouting to a cheering audience that she will "impeach the motherfucker" Trump, Rep. Rashida Tlaib *literally* runs scared from reporters asking her if she stands by the comments.
She's new here so does not know where to go – lol
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 4, 2019
Now, fast forwarding to Sunday.
As reported by Breitbart, Tlaib is being criticized for an antisemitic tweet she posted on Sunday evening, accusing pro-Israel Americans of dual loyalty — a common theme used by antisemites to attack Jews.
Tlaib tweeted in response to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is opposing legislation targeting the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement — itself widely considered antisemitic for singling out Israel.
Sanders and far-left Democrats oppose the anti-BDS legislation because, they claim, it stifles freedom of speech and association — though the same Democrats often support censorship of conservatives on campus and in media.
In a response to an article at The Intercept, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, tweeted this:
It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity. Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don’t reopen the government. Let's get our priorities right. https://t.co/rHvpBHtHI5
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 6, 2019
Piggybacking off Sanders’ tweet, Tlaib wrote, “They forgot what country they represent”:
They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away. https://t.co/KkmqjR58ZM
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 7, 2019
Many are condemning the recent comment for evoking an old attack on American Jews.
A non-partisan organization called The American Jewish Committee responded by tweeting a photo of Tlaib draped in a Palestinian flag.
— AJC (@AJCGlobal) January 7, 2019
The executive editor at the Washington Examiner also wrote about Tlaib’s dual loyalty “smear.”
Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland attempted this weekend to make a separate process argument against the bill, arguing that the Senate should not take up any business unrelated to ending the partial government shutdown.
But Tlaib obliterated that messaging strategy when she pulled out the anti-Semitic guns, saying advocates of the bill “forgot what country they represent.” The idea of Jews as having divided loyalty, and of using their influence to convince others to act against the interests and principles of their own country, is an age-old anti-Semitic trope.
Tlaib supports anti-Israel boycotts. She also defended former CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill after he was fired for calling for the elimination of Israel and endorsing violence against Jews.