Speaking recently, Democrat lawmaker Rashida Tlaib said she has “never felt more Palestinian” than since her election to Congress, while accusing other lawmakers of “policing” what she and fellow Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar say.
Tlaib said “myself, Ilhan, and all of us: we watch that people are policing what we say, people are literally policing.”
“Honestly, I’ve never felt more Palestinian than I’ve ever felt in Congress,” said Tlaib, “I’m more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I am anywhere in the country, in the world.”
Tlaib said Americans and lawmakers “weren’t ready for us, they really weren’t,” noting, “But we were ready for this.”
Since her election to Congress during the 2018 midterms, Tlaib has, along with colleague Ilhan Omar, drawn mounting criticism for a series of remarks deemed to be anti-Semitic, as well as for ties to controversial figures.
Most recently, Tlaib has appeared at an event hosting a known radical anti-Israel supporter of terrorism.
While speaking to the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights on Sunday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) revealed she feels more Palestinian in Congress now than she has ever felt anywhere else in the world — including in Palestine.
“You know, myself, Ilhan, and all of us, we watch that people are policing what we say,” Tlaib told the attendees. “People are literally policing, ‘What do you mean by that Rashida? Do you condemn this?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know, did you condemn that?”
“Honestly, I’ve never felt more Palestinian than I’ve ever felt in Congress — even in Palestine when I’m visiting my grandmother I’m more … American,” she continued. “But I’m more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I am anywhere in the country, in the world. And that just tells you, just the fact that they weren’t ready for us. They really weren’t. But we were ready for this.”