Progressive “squad” member Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) caused a stir by suggesting she has concerns over Biden’s Secretary of State pick Antony Blinken, who is Jewish.
Tlaib responded to a tweet about Biden’s pick from Faiz Shakir who wrote “Solid choice. Leaders around the world will assume that when Blinken speaks, he speaks for Biden ”
Tlaib appeared to express reservations on Blinken and wrote “So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.”
The tweet caused Clinton ally Joe Lockhart to reply “very odd reaction.”
very odd reaction.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) November 23, 2020
CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote in a re-written tweet “Blinken and Biden are both on the record opposing efforts to punish/sanction BDS (though they also oppose BDS) so I’m not sure what it is about Blinken that would prompt this tweet. ”
This was Tapper’s original tweet that some took screenshots of.
Jake Tapper tried to delete this incredibly disingenuous tweet. Good thing I saved it! pic.twitter.com/sJzHXY2Mga
— Séamus Malekafzali (@Seamus_Malek) November 24, 2020
The controversy caused Jake Tapper to trend on Twitter.
According to The Guardian “Blinken has been adamant about the Biden administration’s commitment to Israel’s security and said military support would not be made dependent on Israel’s policy decisions..”