Monday, June 17, 2024

Rep. Cori Bush Defends Tlaib in Firey Rant Over Her Censure | Watch

*Missouri Democrat Cori Bush defended fellow ‘squad’ member, Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib, ahead of a House censure vote over the congresswoman’s anti-Israel rants.

As Fox News reports, Bush accused her colleagues of targeting “Black and Brown people.”

“It’s outrageous my colleagues are blatantly, blatantly attempting to silence the only Palestinian-American representative right here. It’s outrageous but it’s not surprising. Let me tell you, it’s not surprising because this place is where 1,700 members of Congress, this elected body, enslaved Black people,” Bush said.

“It’s not surprising because they thought it was right. It’s not surprising because this is a place where members continue to claim the insurrection on the Capitol just appeared to look like a normal tourist visit,” she continued. 

“It’s not surprising because this is a place where our Black and brown staff members repeatedly speak of experiences, racism, and sexism, Islamophobia, get pushed off of elevators, xenophobia and more right here in this workplace. This is the place,” Bush stated.

Bush’s microphone was cut off after she ran over her time, but her rant continued. 

“Let me say this, she [Tlaib] mourns for the 1,400 Israelis that lost their lives. She mourns for the 10,000, and she will not stop. No more. No more. Ceasefire now. She takes the death threats that you all send us,” Bush added. 

According to Reuters, the House of Representatives voted to censure Tlaib in a 234-188 vote on November 8 for comments she made about the Isreal-Hamas war. 

Per Fox News, the censure legislation accused the congresswoman of “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.”

Rep. Tlaib faced backlash after sharing a video on the X platform (formally Twitter) that includes the pro-Palestinian phrase, “From the river to the sea,” which many claim calls for the extermination of Israel. 

Tlaib defended the phrase on social media, saying the phrase “is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” she wrote on X, November 3.

“My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter [their] faith or ethnicity,” she added. 

READ MORE: Rep. Cori Bush’s New Memoir Sells About 1000 Copies During First Two Weeks of Release

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