Tlaib Becomes First Muslim Woman to Preside over House Amid Anti-Semitism Row
Tlaib presided over the House during a vote on a tribal lands bill
Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib has become the first ever Muslim woman to preside over the House of Representatives on Wednesday, despite ongoing backlash from her recent 'antisemitic' remarks.
Tlaib celebrated the 'historic moment' on Twitter.
"Presided over the U.S. House of Representatives today," she wrote.
"Not bad for a girl from Detroit that didn't speak English when I started school & first in my family to graduate high school & college.
Tlaib presided over the House during a vote on a tribal lands bill, aimed at acquiring the status of federal trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's land in Massachusetts.
The bill was passed with the support of the Democrats.
Last week Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (N.Y.) became the youngest woman to preside over the House.
Earlier this week, Tlaib (D-MI) has stated that she gets a "calming feeling" when thinking about the Holocaust, igniting massive criticism.
The lawmaker made the statement during an interview where she attributed the emotions to a false claim that her Palestinian ancestors provided a "safe haven" for Jewish victims of the tragedy.
"There’s, you know, there’s a kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors.
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"Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence, in many ways, had been wiped out," Tlaib said in an interview that aired earlier this week.
"I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time."
Tlaib's ally Ilhan Omar also came under fire in March for suggesting some politicians in Washington are "pushing for allegiance" to Israel.
Both Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib expressed support for Iran's regime for Palestinian terrorists attacking Israel.
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