Hours after the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress was sworn into office with a Thomas Jefferson’s Quran — and while adorned in a Palestinian gown — the same newly minted congresswoman used profanity to call for President Donald Trump’s immediate impeachment.
“People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf–ker,” Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib proudly declared to a crowd of supporters Thursday night.
It’s unclear whether she actually said that to her son. It’s also unclear whether any children were present at the event above. Photos taken earlier in the day did, however, show Tlaib hanging out on Capitol Hill with a number of children, some of them her own.
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 3, 2019
This really happened. I am U.S. Congresswoman. Not bad for a girl from southwest Detroit who didn’t speak English, daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
#13thDistrictStrong: You helped change Congress forever. Now, let’s get to work to change our neighborhoods. #rootedincommunity pic.twitter.com/Xz511eIcyg
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 4, 2019
The Michigan congresswoman touted the same “impeach Trump” message in a joint column she penned with political activist John Bonifaz for the Detroit Free Press. Published early Thursday, the column claimed “each passing day brings more pain for the people most directly hurt by this president” and this is why “[t]he time for impeachment proceedings is now.”
“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country. On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country. His conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now,” Tlaib and Bonifaz wrote.
It’s also unclear why Tlaib seems to be more concerned with waging a political war against the president than with doing everything in her power to help the city she represents, Detroit.
Many were quick to criticize her for this:
— Trumpwon (@TRUMPSAWINNER) January 4, 2019
.@RashidaTlaib was born & raised in the US, her surname is what she borrowed off her ex-husband. Hey fake Palestinian, why don’t you work on improving your SHITHOLE of a Detroit Congressional District rather than trying to take (failed) jabs at the President! SMH
— Hans Smith (@NonReally) January 4, 2019
@RashidaTlaib How embarrassing for Detroit. You should focus on trying to help Detroit instead of impeaching Trump. If you did your job you were voted in for and stop trying to be famous Detroit might get their money’s worth
— UK (@UKfan_1986) January 4, 2019
Only in America Rashida ! You have much to learn abt politics. Start by cleaning up your language. Show some class. What will you do for Detroit since this is why you got elected.
— K. Rogers (@tyefam2003) January 4, 2019
Might should focus on Detroit… fix that.
— Mr. Yan (@TenenbaumRichie) January 4, 2019
So what are YOU going to do for the people of Michigan? Are you just going to go after the President? Are you going to help Flint? Detroit’s infrastructure? Jobs?
— Jeff?? (@JeffAF) December 17, 2018
“The study cites a high poverty rate, declining population, a low median home value and a low percentage of bachelor’s degrees as key indicators,” the Free Press reported last summer.
“The poster child of American post-industrial urban decline, Detroit, Michigan, ranks as the worst city in the country to live in,” the study itself said. “Once home to 1.8 million residents at the peak of U.S. auto manufacturing in the 1950s, the city is now home to fewer than 700,000 after decades of decline.”
And for some inexplicable reason Tlaib seems uninterested in remedying these problems. Some might even argue that she’s uninterested in remedying any of America’s problems. Instead she seems disturbingly obsessed with “helping” her fellow Palestinians back home.
For instance, on Thursday either she or a staff member stuck a Post-It note labeled with the word “Palestine” onto the world map in her office. The note appeared to cover up almost all of Israel:
Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib’s new congressional office. pic.twitter.com/mwyshIog4r
— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) January 3, 2019
Tlaib appears to align with those who essentially want to wipe Israel off the map and permanently replace it with a new country or territory called Palestine.
Many on social media were troubled by the congresswoman’s focus on “Palestine”:
But @RashidaTlaib you represent Americans. Palestine should not be considered when you make decisions about Americans. Are you also going to fight for American Jews? If your only concern is Palestine you should resign, you’re in the wrong country. Your language is filth. https://t.co/NOCbjHtA9b
— sheoaks (@sheoaks1) January 4, 2019
It’s not about Palestine..It’s about America!!
— Really? (@0620Letsgetreal) January 4, 2019
You need to think about Americans not Palestinians. This is the U.S. not Palestine! If you got into office to further the Islamic Agenda, that is a very bad thing.
— ❌MAGA❌Trump?❌ (@x110816MAGA) January 4, 2019
In case you’ve forgotten, you live in America, you represent Americans and for you to try to represent another country is immoral. If you want to represent “Palestine”, then live there.
— ??♀️ (@swimmermomma) January 4, 2019
Isn’t it funny how some idiots voted a Muslim extremist who has only good plans for Palestine but not America and whose only plan is to impeach Trump?
— Mariam (@mindybrains) January 4, 2019