On Friday, President Donald Trump set off Democrats and their allies in the media when he trolled Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over her recent Israel stunt.
After Tlaib declined an acceptance from Israel for the congresswoman to enter the country to visit her elderly grandmother as long as she were to refrain from anti-Israel activism, Trump sarcastically said on Twitter that the “real winner” of the dispute was Tlaib’s grandmother, who now doesn’t have to see her.
“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup,” the president posted to Twitter. “The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”
“The Resistance,” predictably, lost it. “Trump Drags Rashida Tlaib’s Grandma Into His Latest Twitter Attack,” a Huff Post headline read. “The president decided to comment on Tlaib’s decision Friday afternoon in the kind, empathetic manner for which he’s famous with a really jerky comment that referenced her grandmother,” the piece said.
“The occupant of the White House’s total lack of humanity is on full display,” political activist and comedy writer Nick Jack Pappas replied to Trump’s tweet.
Producer and writer Ann Lewis Hamilton wanted Trump reported for “targeted harassment” over the trolling tweet.
“An absurdly awful thing to say. Taking pleasure in someone not being able to see their grandmother is exceptionally cruel even for Donald Trump, an exceptionally cruel person,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
Scholar and The National (UAE) columnist Hussein Ibish reacted, “Just to complete the fiasco, Trump insults Tlaib’s 90-year-old grandmother and gloats that she won’t see her granddaughter. He’s deeply disturbed.”
“Wow. Somebody shut him UP,” feminist writer Claudia Miles said of Trump.
The Democratic Coalition tweeted: “‘The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother,’ the bag of human garbage tweeted on Friday. ‘She doesn’t have to see her now!'”
Tlaib’s grandmother had the most extreme reaction, though, wishing God “ruin” the president:
Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were initially banned from visiting Israel for openly supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is “the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence,” The Daily Wire’s Molly Prince noted Friday. As noted by Prince, “the Israeli Knesset passed an anti-BDS law in 2017 that blocks foreign activists from gaining entry to the country.”
Tlaib then desperately requested a visit to Israel so she could visit her elderly grandmother, promising to refrain from her anti-Israel advocacy on the trip. However, hours after Israel agreed to allow in the Democrat, she declined the offer.
“When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” she wrote via Twitter. “I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me [and] use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive [and] racist policies.”