Interviewed on “the Circus” on Showtime. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), no stranger to anti-Semitism herself, told interviewer Alex Wagner that members of the Democratic party reacted negatively to the anti-Semitic remarks of her fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) because the Democrats are Islamophobic.
Wagner, ignoring the fact that members of the Democratic party virtually unanimously would not cite Omar by name when they decried her anti-Semitism and even offered a watered-down resolution condemning anti-Semitism that not only didn’t mention Omar, but lumped Jews together with every imaginable group under the sun in order to minimize their criticism of Omar personally, asked, “Why do you think people in your own party reacted so strongly to what she said?”
Tlaib answered, “You know, I’m trying to figure it out. 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. And I know that’s hard for people to hear, but here’s only been four members of Congress that are of Muslim faith. Three of them currently serve in this institution.”
Wagner asked, “So, you think Democrats have some Islamophobia, and that’s at the root of some of this consternation?”
Tlaib warned, “I think our country’s struggling with it.”
Tlaib neglected to point out that no one in the Democratic party has criticized Congressman Andre Carson, who became the second Muslim elected to Congress when he was elected in 2008; Rep. Keith Ellison was the first, in 2006.
Tlaib’s explanation of “Islamophobia” for criticism of Omar rings hollow in the face of Omar’s repeated anti-Semitic remarks, but then, Tlaib herself has been widely criticized for her own apparent anti-Semitism.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Abbas Hamideh, who has publicly stated, “israel does not have a right to exist. The terrorist entity is illegal and has no basis to exist other than a delusional ISIS like ideology,” posted a photo of himself standing with Tlaib at her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit.
In late January, The Daily Caller reported that Tlaib belonged to a group whose founder apparently shared a video stating that Jews are “satanic” and aren’t really Jewish.
In 2006, Tlaib wrote an op-ed for a newsletter published by the Nation of Islam, which is headed by notorious racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
In late February, Tlaim intimated that Congressman Mark Meadows was a racist for bringing a Trump administration official who is black to attend a hearing, to which Meadows succinctly replied that his nieces and nephews are people of color; Meadows also pointed out that he and Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is black and was chairing the meeting, have been long-time close friends. Meadows stated, "Mr. Chairman, there's nothing more personal to me than my relationship, my nieces and nephews, are people of color, not many people know that. You know that Mr. Chairman, and to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual, that she's coming in to be a prop, it's racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason."