Rep. Rashida Tlaib publicly defended Ilhan Omar’s virulent anti-Semitic statements this week; blasting her liberal colleagues and claiming “Islamophobia is very much among the Democratic Party.”
“Why do you think people in your own party reacted so strongly against what [Omar] said?” asked The Circus host Alex Wagner.
“You know, I’m trying to figure it out. It’s just this past week, I feel, and I know this would be somewhat shocking for some, but I think Islamophobia is very much among the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party,” Tlaib said.
“And I know that’s hard for people to hear, but there’s only been four members of Congress that are of Muslim faith. Three of them currently serve in this institution. More of us need to get elected, but more of us need to understand as we come into this institution that I have a lot of work to do with my colleagues,” she added. “I think our country is struggling with it.”
A NEW LOW: Rashida Tlaib Accuses STEVE SCALISE of ‘Islamophobia’ for Condemning Anti-Semitism
Recently sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib blasted GOP Rep. Steve Scalise Wednesday evening; accusing the lawmaker of “Islamophobia” after he demanded Ilhan Omar be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee for her anti-Semitic statements.
“Hard to watch Rep. Scalise demand that Rep. @IlhanMN be removed from House Foreign Affairs w/o wondering if it’s steeped in Islamophobia. Ilhan is more than capable of sitting on the committee & making decisions that are in the best interests of her constituents & all Americans,” posted Tlaib on social media.
Hard to watch Rep. Scalise demand that Rep. @IlhanMN be removed from House Foreign Affairs w/o wondering if it’s steeped in Islamophobia. Ilhan is more than capable of sitting on the committee & making decisions that are in the best interests of her constituents & all Americans. https://t.co/MqzPM1G2FJ
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 7, 2019
Omar made national headlines earlier this year after she accused “evil” Israel of “hypnotizing” the world and flat-out refused to condemn Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.
IT BEGINS: Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib Become First Dems to Sign Trump Impeachment Pledge
Recently sworn-in Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Democrats to officially sign a pledge to impeach President Trump Tuesday; endorsing a renewed push by far-left group ‘By the People.’
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) February 26, 2019
“Each day that Trump remains in office is a threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The future of our country depends on whether we are willing to impeach and remove him,” writes the organization’s website.
Tlaib and Omar found themselves at the center of multiple national controversies just weeks ago; with Tlaib calling the President a “motherf***er” and Omar posting a series of anti-Semitic tweets on social media.