Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., issued a robust rebuke of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic management for their statement calling out fellow Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar for her feedback involving Israel.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress,” Tlaib tweeted Thursday shortly after Pelosi and Democratic leaders issued an announcement crucial of Omar. “The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
Tlaib and Omar had been the primary Muslim girls elected to Congress in 2018 and, together with different members of the progressive Squad, have been extra crucial of Israel, particularly through the latest 11-day battle with Hamas that left greater than 250 lifeless, the overwhelming majority Palestinians.
The Squad rallied round Omar Thursday as fellow Democrats, together with House management, have lined as much as condemn Omar for feedback they perceived as evaluating U.S. and Israeli “war crimes” to actions by the Taliban and Hamas.
Pelosi and senior Democratic leaders issued a unified assertion Thursday, denouncing Omar’s feedback.
“[T]here is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” the Democratic leaders mentioned Thursday.
The Democratic management mentioned they “welcome” the “clarification” Omar launched earlier within the day after the Minnesota Democrat was met with a flood of criticism.
“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC (International Criminal Court) cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” Omar mentioned Thursday of her remarks.
“I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems,” she added.
The immense backlash got here after the congresswoman questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken throughout a House Foreign Affairs Committee about ICC investigations into U.S. and Israeli actions in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.
She later posted a tweet of their alternate and mentioned, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
A bunch of Democrats pounced on her feedback as “offensive” and “misguided.”
Omar initially defended her statements as asking authentic questions on how struggle crime victims can get justice and known as out her colleagues for piling on.
“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call,” Omar mentioned in a tweet early Thursday earlier than her clarifying assertion. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.