Rashida Tlaib: ‘Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Exist for Muslim Women in Congress’
Democratic rep torched for remarks on Twitter
Far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been torched on Twitter after claiming there is no “freedom of speech" for Muslim women in Congress.
Tlaib posted to Twitter on Thursday:
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress."
"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."
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. 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.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
Tlaib was defending fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) after she received backlash for calling for equal accountability for the “crimes against humanity” committed by “the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Tlaib was blasted over her claims Omar lacked “freedom of speech."
Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake responded to Tlaib's tweet:
“This tweet is for people who don’t know what freedom of speech is.”
This tweet is for people who don’t know what freedom of speech is https://t.co/0oZbuxVgLG— Eli Lake (@EliLake) June 11, 2021
National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin added:
“Being a Member of Congress means your speech gets criticized. What’s really being said here is that if Omar or Tlaib say things worthy of criticism, we’re supposed to wait until they are no longer Muslim women to criticize them.”
Being a Member of Congress means your speech gets criticized. What's really being said here is that if Omar or Tlaib say things worthy of criticism, we're supposed to wait until they are no longer Muslim women to criticize them. https://t.co/rh6uRDzHI7— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 10, 2021
Omar’s comments received massive pushback from Republicans and even some Democrats.
A dozen House Democrats slammed Omar in a statement:
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” they wrote.
“Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument, and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”
“The United States and Israel are imperfect, and like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalence give cover to terrorist groups,” they continued.
“We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar responded with a statement claiming she was not asserting any “moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about ongoing International Criminal Court investigations,” Omar said.
“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel. I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”