Brand new Congress member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is not getting off to a good start.
Last week, she blasted President Donald Trump at a MoveOn political event, telling the audience that she told her child that “We’re gonna impeach the motherf**ker!”
She got a lot of backlash for that remark.
She got far less criticism for flip-flopping on her position on Israel. Before her primary win, she said she supported a two state solution and endorsing aid to Israel. After her win which pretty much guaranteed her the seat, she then flipped and said that she endorses a one state solution and eliminating aid.
Then after she was sworn in, it was reported that there was a post-it stuck on the map in her office labeling Israel as “Palestine” albeit slight off and put over part of Egypt.
Now she’s stoked the fires again with what people like Marco Rubio are calling an “anti-Semitic dog whistle.”
Congress has put forth a bill which includes boycotting businesses that have joined the BDS movement and are boycotting Israel.
From Daily Wire:
Phil Klein in the Washington Examiner reports that Tlaib “charged that supporters [of the anti-BDS] bill” were torn by their “dual loyalty” to both Israel and the United States, and claimed that the bill’s supporters “forgot what country they represent.”
The “dual loyalty” smear is a typical — if horrifying — anti-Semitic charge, a fact Tlaib is no doubt aware of.
“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,” Klein contends.
People old enough to remember or historically aware may remember that was an anti-Catholic charge that some raised about the first Catholic president, John Kennedy, suggesting he might have problematic allegiance to Rome.
Sen. Marco Rubio also blasted her remark.
Others noted that it was rather strange that Tlaib should make this argument about representing a foreign power given her past comments.
And Rubio pointed out that Democrats may be trying to keep the anti-BDS bill off the floor because they don’t want to reveal how split they are on it and how many Democrats are anti-Israel.
From Fox News:
Nevertheless, there are visible signs that Tlaib’s approach may be becoming more mainstream among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. The other Muslim woman to make history by winning her election with Tlaib last year, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Omar added: “May Allah awaken the peoople and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Other commentators similarly sounded the alarm about Tlaib’s comments, and noted that the media reaction was conspicuously minimal. (Trump, late last year, was lambasted repeatedly in the media for allegedly issuing anti-Semitic “dog whistles” because of his criticisms of liberal billionaire George Soros.)
“Oddly, many of those who hear dog whistles for a living aren’t exactly perking up at Tlaib accusing her critics of dual loyalty,” Washington Free Beacon editor Alex Griswold wrote on Twitter. “Nor, for that matter, did they have much to say about Omar’s ‘Israel has hypnotized the world’ tweet.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro went further, alleging in an op-ed that “Democrats have soured on Israel and warmed to anti-Semitism.”
“The truth is that the Democratic Party has been flirting with, and in some cases openly embracing, anti-Semitism for years,” Shapiro wrote. “That’s why top members of the Democratic Party continue to kowtow to open anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan; it’s why the Democrats booed Jerusalem in the 2012 Democratic National Committee platform; it’s why the Obama administration routinely played public relations arm for the Iranian government; it’s why no major Democrat will go on record condemning Tlaib or Ilhan Omar.”