Rashida Tlaib Threatens to Hang Desecrated American Flag Outside Her Office
'Squad' member wants altered American flag
Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser she wanted to hang a desecrated flag with 51 stars outside her congressional office, according to reports.
Tlaib said Thursday she wants an altered American flag with 51 – instead of 50 – stars to demonstrate support for making the District of Columbia a state.
Tlaib’s exchange with Bowser came about because of D.C. statehood advocating displaying American flags with 51 stars.
“I would love one,” Tlaib said, according to Fox News. “I would love to hang it outside of my office.”
But her remarks didn't go down well:
Aren’t you relieved that Congress, lead by the squad, is tackling issues like this that will impact American lives in a positive way?— Mary in the Heartland⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Rushgurl) September 19, 2019
Just imagine if they were investigating BS, and proposing ridiculous bills on house time.
How in the world did we wind up with these far Leftists in Congress https://t.co/cshmQXPupZ— Dale Fuller (@FDG65) September 19, 2019
This one has a problem with Betsy Ross‘s flag but has no problem making her own.— Mike Whistler (@mwhistler1966) September 19, 2019
Tlaib vows to display altered American flag with 51 stars in support of DC statehoodhttps://t.co/SWPbBJcA4z
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The mayor explained the reasoning for the flag.
“We revere our flag,” she said.
“And we think it’s more perfect when every taxpaying American is represented on that flag.”
As Joe Saunders from The Western Journal pointed out, the point for statehood backers is that there are almost 700,000 residents of the district without sufficient representation in the Senate, and have a “delegate” with limited voting privileges in the House, instead of a full representative.
But unofficially, the point for statehood backers is that those 700,000 D.C. residents are mostly Democrats.
No Republicans in Congress have signed on to the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wouldn't bring a D.C. statehood bill for a vote.
The bill calls for districtwide elections of two senators and one House representative.
It says all-district territory would be included in the new state, save for specific exclusions of federal buildings and monuments, such as the White House and the Capitol.
Democrats argued statehood is needed because D.C. residents lack adequate representation in Congress.
Republicans said the framers of the Constitution intended for the nation’s capital to be a federal district.