The first shoe has dropped against Rep. Rashida Tlaib in the House of Representatives. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed a motion to censure the Democrat congresswoman, a move that will likely succeed.
Tlaib was infamous for waiting days before commenting on Hamas’ murder of 1,400 Israelis on 7th October. She immediately jumped on the Hamas claim that Israel bombed the hospital. She also repeated terrorist propaganda including the overinflated death count.
She refused to retract or apologize for her claims, even after a lot of evidence was presented that showed the damage had been caused by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad misfired rocket. She repeated her claims in a rally held in front of the Capitol Building, where she accused Israel of genocide. The rally turned into an uprising when protesters invaded the Capitol Building, occupying its rotunda to disrupt the Congress’s business.
🚨 BREAKING: @RepMTG has introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for anti-semitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations and leading an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex. pic.twitter.com/qUCb2cRsVV
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 26, 2023
The question is not so much whether the resolution will pass or fail, but rather if some Democrats will work with Republicans to pass it. Tlaib’s behavior and refusal to show remorse in the weeks following the insurrection have been criticized by her own party. You could even see Jewish Democrats vote to censure her.
While this is a great first step, the effort is not enough. Tlaib’s actions are akin to offering comfort and aid to terrorists that tortured, raped, and murdered civilians including more than 30 Americans. Hamas has benefited from her misinformation about the Al-Ahli Hospital scene in Gaza. She has also likely contributed to the terrorist group’s refusal to release over 200 hostages.
She has gone far beyond what a U.S. Congress member should be able to do. Tlaib should be expelled, not censured. Would such a move be successful? I don’t really know and it doesn’t matter to me. It’s important to have people sign a statement. Make Democrats accountable for a member who has consistently sympathized with terrorists. It will at least provide some clarity.