Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat member of Congress from Florida, recently appeared on Fox News Channel and spoke to Outnumbered co-host Kayleigh McEnany about his fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib, particularly her comments about the Israel-Hamas fight and her refusal to accept U.S. and Israeli intelligence assessments concluding Israel did not bomb a hospital in Gaza.
For reference, Rep. Tlaib has stuck by her claim that Israel did bomb the hospital, arguing in a recent statement that she was not wrong to claim that the hospital bombing was Israel’s fault and that an investigation of the incident, conducted by the notoriously anti-Israel UN, is necessary.
In that statement, she said, “Media outlets and third-party analysts have raised doubts about claims and evidence offered by both Israel and the Gaza Ministry of Health, and I agree with the United Nations that an independent investigation is necessary. I cannot uncritically accept Israel’s denials of responsibility as fact, especially in light of confirmation from the World Health Organization that Israel has bombed numerous medical facilities in Gaza and reports from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of ongoing threats from the Israeli military to evacuate hospitals.”
She added, “Both the Israeli and United States governments have long, documented histories of misleading the public about wars and war crimes—like last year’s Israeli military assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh and the false claims of weapons of mass destruction that led our country into the Iraq War—and cannot clear themselves of responsibility without an independent international investigation. This debate should not distract us from the urgent need for a ceasefire to save innocent civilian lives.”
Speaking to Moskowitz about the statement and Tlaib’s general stance on the matter, along with the stance of her fellow “Squad” members, McEnany said, “You know, Congressman Moskowitz, you tweeted that your Democratic colleagues who blamed Israel should take down their post and Ilhan Omar did that. However, far from taking down the post, Rashida Tlaib is doubling down. Should there be some sort of punishment? We know Congress has the ability to censure should Republicans ever get a House speaker.”
Responding, Moskowitz said, “Thanks, Kayleigh. Thanks for bringing this up and keeping this on the forefront. Look, Congress is unified in its support of Israel. I continue to be disappointed in members of Congress who are not willing to listen to U.S. intelligence and listen to the Biden administration, who have said Israel had nothing to do with the issue that happened in the parking lot of the hospital. Let’s remember, the hospital wasn’t hit. The hospital is still there. It’s the parking lot of the hospital.”
Moskowitz then added, “That was the first lie that was told. The second lie that was told was that over 500 people died there. There’s no proof of that. And the third lie that was told was that it was Israel. All of those things have turned out to be inaccurate. U.S. intelligence is saying that. And any member of Congress who continues to trust Hamas’s information over U.S. information is obviously deeply concerning.”
McEnany, commenting on what could be done to slap Tlaib on the wrist, noted, “You know, Congressman, Article one, Section five, I believe it is, gives Congress the power to punish, censure, reprimand. Are those things that should be considered for those who want to propagate terrorist talking points?”
Moskowitz leaned in support of such a censure of Tlaib, saying, “Oh, listen, I think once we get a House speaker here, I think that censure resolution will come to the floor. And I do think it’s something that everyone should consider. This is about U.S. intelligence. This is about U.S. information. This is about not willing to trust the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence, but instead continuing to pretend like the Ministry of Health out of Gaza is nothing other than a terrorist organization telling people what we want to hear. We just heard the leader of Hamas talking about genocide. I mean, good God, it is propaganda to the 10th degree. And people have to stop buying it and they have to listen to the facts.”
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