Rep. Rashida Tlaib says Biden complicit in Palestinian 'genocide'

November 5, 2023

Though Democrats are famously known for their unwillingness to break ranks and turn on one another -- at least in public -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has done just that, accusing President Joe Biden of supporting Palestinian “genocide” at the hands of the Israeli military, as the Times of Israel explains.

In addition to loudly and harshly critiquing the Biden administration's stance with regard to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Tlaib -- who hails from a district with a large Arab American population – warned of the electoral consequences that could follow unless the president pursues a sharp course correction.

Tlaib's take

On Friday, Tlaib took her frustrations to X, formerly Twitter, to post a compilation of video clips depicting Gaza in the aftermath of Israeli attacks, comments from Biden administration officials supporting the Jewish state, and images of large pro-Palestinian demonstrations that have occurred since the hostilities in the region began.

Directing her ire to the commander-in-chief, Tlaib wrote, “Mr. President, the American people are not with you on this one.”

Tlaib did not stop there, also suggesting that Biden's stance could have a detrimental impact on his reelection campaign.

“Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people won't forget,” Tlaib added. “Biden, support a ceasefire now. Or don't count on us in 2024.

Initial censure effort fails

Tlaib's initial outspoken commentary on the administration's support of Israel prompted an effort by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to censure the Michigan progressive lawmaker last week.

As the Associated Press reported, that push failed in bipartisan fashion due to concerns expressed by some about potential infringements on Tlaib's First Amendment rights.

Greene sought Tlaib's censure over comments the Georgia Republican deemed “antisemitic” in nature, and she also accused the Michigan legislator of “leading an insurrection” by participating in a pro-Palestinian protest that took place in the Capitol complex in October.

As The Hill noted, however, 23 Republicans joined the entire House Democrat delegation to halt further consideration of the censure resolution before it could even reach the floor for a vote, with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) explaining, “Free speech isn't just about protecting the speech that you like, it's especially about protecting the speech you don't like.”

Reintroduction pending

The Hill reported separately over the weekend, however, that Greene has indicated plans to reintroduce a censure motion for Tlaib after the far-left lawmaker accused the president of supporting genocide and her use of the controversial phrase “from the river to the sea,” which many interpret as a call for the eradication of all Jews from the contested region.

According to Greene, Tlaib's use of the arguably incendiary phrasing is akin to “calls for the genocide of our great friend and ally Israel.”

Holding firm to her stance on the matter and making clear her antipathy toward her colleague, Greene added, “Terrorist Tlaib should be expelled but let's see if we can at least censure her.”

Tlaib, in her own defense, contended, “From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexiste4nce, not death, destruction, or hate,” but whether lawmakers in the House will again spare her the historic sanction of a formal censure, remains an open question.

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