While plenty of his conservative critics have denounced President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda, he is also receiving significant pushback from the left.
As one recent example, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) engaged in a contentious conversation on the tarmac after a flight to Detroit on Tuesday, lashing out at him over the course of about eight minutes.
“And it’s from my heart”
At one point, Biden reportedly put a hand on her shoulder as they deliberated over matters that were not immediately disclosed. Tlaib later refused to discuss the matter.
For his part, Biden complimented Tlaib’s work when the matter came up during public remarks in Dearborn.
“I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” he said in reference to the Michigan lawmaker. “And it’s from my heart.”
He went on to say wish Tlaib’s family well and promised to take satisfactory action in response to a surge in violence in the West Bank. The congresswoman has recently announced strong opposition to Israel amid its conflict with Hamas militants in the bordering Gaza Strip.
“If you support a cease-fire, then get out of the way of the U.N. Security Council and join other countries in demanding it,” Tlaib asserted in a tweet on Tuesday.
“He commits war crimes”
She went on to accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of committing “war crimes” and violating “international law.”
Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anyone asking nicely. He commits war crimes and openly violates international law. https://t.co/KuDSbFStBv
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 18, 2021
During an MSNBC appearance this week, she expounded on the views she holds based on personal experiences, which earned praise from the cable news host.
Thank you Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib for sharing your unique perspective on Palestinian suffering during this most recent crisis in a place where there was already so much pain. We can and should do better, America. https://t.co/BFFYzRomIm
— Joy-Ann 😷Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 18, 2021
The only Palestinian-American serving in the House, Tlaib provides a notable voice for those with ties to the tumultuous region. Israel’s response to thousands of incoming Hamas missiles has included targeted attacks on terrorist locations, leading to numerous casualties on both sides.