Democratic Representative from Michigan Rashida Tlaib recently spoke at the National Action Network and, during her speech, she strangely bragged about the number of US Secret Service agents that it took to physically remove her during a disruption.
The disruption in question occurred in Cobo Hall in 2016, when Tlaib was famously dragged out of a Trump rally in Detroit after causing a scene. Ironically, she was filmed screaming, “you guys are crazy!” at a room full of otherwise calm and collected guests. One could argue that if anyone looked “crazy” at that rally, it would have been her.
While being forcibly removed from a presidential rally while ranting and raving like a lunatic wouldn’t be considered a high point in most people’s lives, Tlaib is particularly proud of this instance of “civil disobedience.” So much so that she bragged about it at the recent National Action Network gathering.
She notes that her brother called to congratulate her on needing six Secret Service agents to remove her from the venue, as opposed to the other women who heckled the president, who only needed two. Apparently this is a point of pride for Tlaib, as she burst out into laughter following her recollection. The audience followed suit.
Unfortunately for Tlaib, laughing it up on stage isn’t going to do anything to prevent the House Ethics Committee from expanding their probe into whether she misused campaign funds.
As BizPac Review reported yesterday, the committee released their very first report on the investigation and it’s not looking good for the congresswoman.
Based on its initial findings, the report continues, the committee has voted unanimously to “further review” these allegations “because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.”
It is suspected that Tlaib received political disbursements after her campaign was over and she had won her seat. It is also suspected that some of the funds from her campaign were borrowed for personal use.
Rashida’s defense? Read for yourself:
“I look forward to the Ethics Committee’s prompt resolution of this matter in my favor, and I hope my experience will clear more room for people like me to run for office by availing themselves of FEC innovations that level the playing field, like paying a non-incumbent candidate salary or covering childcare expenses with campaign funds, so that financial privilege is not a prerequisite to participate in our democracy,” she said.
Perhaps she could have taken advantage of an economy that is booming under President Trump, especially for people of color.
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