The House floor turned from is normally boring, if somewhat dignified, self into the scene of much yelling and gnashing of teeth when Rep. Ilhan Omar stood up and went on the attack against Rep. Max Miller, who introduced a resolution calling for the censure of Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
“It is glaring hypocrisy when you have Republicans on the other side of the aisle trying to create definitions and say, ‘Rashida wants to annihilate people,’ when Max Miller himself went on TV and said, ‘We’re turning Gaza into a parking lot, and we annihilate Palestinians,‘” Omar said.
She continued, getting obviously angry as she did so, “It’s a shame my colleagues are more focused on silencing me than they are on saving lives, as the death toll in Gaza surpasses 10,000. Many of them have shown me that Palestinian lives simply do not matter to them, but I still do not police their rhetoric or actions.”
Watch her here:
Ilhan Omar delivers a shrieking address to Congress to defend fellow Squad member and embattled Palestine First activist, Rashida Tlaib:
"Rashida will stand strong, and the Palestinian movement will continue for liberation until every single Palestinian has the right to live in… pic.twitter.com/C6odYWhdos
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 7, 2023
Rep. Tlaib, for her part, released a statement saying, “It’s a shame my colleagues are more focused on silencing me than they are on saving lives, as the death toll in Gaza surpasses 10,000. Many of them have shown me that Palestinian lives simply do not matter to them, but I still do not police their rhetoric or actions. Rather than acknowledge the voice and perspective of the only Palestinian American in Congress, my colleagues have resorted to distorting my positions in resolutions filled with obvious lies. I have repeatedly denounced the horrific targeting and killing of civilians by Hamas and the Israeli government, and have mourned the Israeli and Palestinian lives lost.”
That statement continued, “Meanwhile, each day that passes without a ceasefire brings more death and destruction upon innocent civilians, who have nowhere safe to go, drawing outrage and condemnation from the American people and the international community. A majority of Americans support a ceasefire, but this Congress isn’t listening to their voices. I will continue to call for a mutual ceasefire, for the release of hostages and those arbitrarily detained, for the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, and for every American to be brought home. I will continue to work for a just and lasting peace that upholds the human rights and dignity of all people, centers peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, and ensures that no person, no child has to suffer or live in fear of violence.”
Rep. Tlaib also gave a speech of her own in response to Rep. Miller’s resolution, during which she cried while commenting on the plight of the Palestinian people. After Rep. Tlaib started crying, Rep. Omar comforted her, at which point Rep. Tlaib went back to speaking.
“We are human beings just like anyone else. My safety, my grandmother, like all Palestinians, just wants to live her life with freedom and human dignity. We all deserve speaking up to save lives… The cries of the Palestinian and Israeli children sound no different to me,” she then said.
JUST IN: Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib starts crying on the House floor and needs Ilhan Omar to comfort her as the House votes to censure her for her anti-Israel comments.
“I can't believe I have to say this, but pa…Palestinian people are not disposable.”
*Sniffle sniffle* as… pic.twitter.com/hXCdNLQhRW
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 7, 2023
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