Trump calls out Rashida Tlaib for posting video of herself excitedly walking to impeachment vote

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., encountered mass criticism on Thursday after she posted an Instagram video showing her smiling and apparently excited while walking to vote for President Trump's impeachment.

"I am on my way to the United States House floor to impeach President Trump," she said with a wide smile. She also panned the camera towards what appeared to be her staff. Someone could be heard laughing and shouting "woo!" in apparent celebration.

Tlaib famously pledged earlier this year to "impeach the motherf—-r," giving Republicans fodder to discount House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that impeachment was a "somber" and "solemn" duty.

Pelosi, D-Calif., led her chamber in impeaching the president on Wednesday. House Democrats passed the articles of impeachment along partisan lines as Pelosi and others wore dark colors, apparently to mark the sad tone of the event.

PELOSI, DEM CONGRESSWOMEN WEAR DARK COLORS AMID 'SOMBER' IMPEACHMENT VOTE

On Thursday, President Trump posted Tlaib's video, suggesting that progressives like Tlaib were a threat to Democrats' political success.

"This is what the Dems are dealing with. Does anyone think this is good for the USA!" he said.

On Instagram, Tlaib also posted a picture of herself smiling with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has long called for Trump's impeachment.

The post contained the hashtag "#impeached" and the header of the photo read "MOOD" with Waters and Tlaib smiling.

OMAR REPORTEDLY SHOUTS 'STOP IT!' AS GOP'S MCCARTHY RECOUNTS TLAIB'S PROFANE COMMENT ABOUT TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

Republicans derided the display on Twitter, expressing doubts about Pelosi's insistence that Democrats were being "solemn" about the historic vote.

"Democrats pat themselves on the back, shamelessly proud of their dishonest manipulation of the truth and a vote that has torn this country apart," Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, tweeted. "This will go down as the weakest case for impeachment in history, justifying the founders’ fears of politically driven impeachment."

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"Watching @SpeakerPelosi and House Democrats pretending they were somber about #impeachment was comical," Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., tweeted. "It was a foregone conclusion because — as you can see — they just couldn't help themselves. #Hypocrites"

Pelosi, one of the party's highest-ranking officials, had to shoo away applause on the House floor after she announced the vote for article one of impeachment. Her office did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on Tlaib's video.

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Omar reportedly shouts ‘Stop it!’ as GOP’s McCarthy recounts Tlaib’s profane comment about Trump impeachment

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The group of four freshman House Democrats dubbed “the Squad” each had something to say Wednesday before the entire House voted along party lines to impeach President Trump.

In the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., it was the repeated shouting of "Stop it!" when House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy recounted a profane remark about President Trump that fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., had uttered back in January.

On Wednesday, several journalists — including PBS Newshour senior reporter Daniel Bush, Daily Caller reporter Scott Morefield and others — identified Omar, who was not seen on camera — as the voice heard in the background as McCarthy addressed his fellow House members in the U.S. Capitol.

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"What's the problem?" Morefield wrote, referring to Omar. "Truth hurt?"

In January — soon after all four Squad members took office following their elections in November 2018, and months before the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that kicked off the House impeachment inquiry this fall — Tlaib said on camera at a Capitol Hill reception celebrating the new Congress that “We’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf—er,” referring to Trump.

“Nothing was going to get in their way and certainly not the truth,” McCarthy began Wednesday. “Madam Speaker, Chairman Schiff said he had evidence, more than circumstantial, of collusion. That was false.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's reference to a past remark by a fellow Squad member reportedly irritated Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's reference to a past remark by a fellow Squad member reportedly irritated Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday.

“In January, where we all stood in this body. We stood up. We raised our hands. We swore that we’d uphold the Constitution,” McCarthy continued. “And, a few mere hours after that, Congresswoman Tlaib said she was going to impeach the mother-f-er. Those are not my words.”

Omar also commented on Twitter on Wednesday about the impeachment.

“The evidence is clear," she wrote online. "Trump extorted a foreign government in an effort to get reelected — and obstructed Congress’ resulting investigation. He abused his oath of office. Today, I will act to restore balance to our democracy. I will vote to impeach Donald Trump.”

Other Squad members shared their views Wednesday as well.

During her own floor speech, Tlaib pointed to the “common sense” of the people in her home district in Michigan and veterans’ sense of “duty and responsibly” before citing “bribery” as a reason she supported impeaching Trump — even though bribery was not included as an article of impeachment.

The Democrat-led House decided to file only two articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Article one, abuse of power, passed on a 230-197 vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in voting nay. The obstruction-of-Congress vote was 229-197, with three Democrats voting nay. No Republicans supported either article.

“I rise today in support of impeachment. I learn so much every single day form my residents at home. Their common sense and understanding of what is right and wrong centered on why they oppose any person who uses the most powerful position in the world for personal gain,” Tlaib said.

“We honor our veterans in this chamber almost on a daily basis, but do we ever follow their lead? Where we serve the people of the United States and uphold the Constitution not as Republicans or Democrats but as Americans. We should learn from their sense of duty and responsibility to country and democracy — not a political party.

“Doing nothing here, Madam Speaker, is not an option. Looking away from these crimes against our country is not an option. This is about protecting the future of our nation and our democracy from corruption. Abuse of power, criminal cover-ups and bribery.

“This vote is also for my sons and the future of so many generations, so I urge my colleagues to please vote yes on these articles of impeachment,” she concluded.

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., who – invoking the holiday season – used his speech on the House floor Wednesday to point out that the Romans who persecuted Jesus Christ first gave him a chance to defend himself.

"Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process," Loudermilk said.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter with a Bible verse, simply writing: “Romans 1:25”

The verse warns against changing the “truth of God into a lie” and instead of worshipping a “creature” more than the blessed Creator — in what appeared to be a comment from the congresswoman on Republicans' support for President Trump.

House Democrats had pointed out that Trump was invited to testify before Congress but refused to comply with the impeachment inquiry.

"No normal person would be able to get away with attempting to extort a foreign power to compromise our country,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “But all too often, the most corrupt and powerful people grow so accustomed to life with impunity that standard accountability feels to them like unjust persecution.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., also addresssed her fellow House members on Wednesday.

“I rise today to protect our democracy. Today we take a stand against corruption and abuses of power. What we are doing here today is not only patriotic – it is uniquely American," she said. "America is a story of ordinary people confronting abuses of power with the steadfast pursuit of justice.

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“Throughout our history, the oppressed have been relegated to the margins by the powerful and each time we have fought back. Deliberate in our approach, clear eye. Each generation has fought for the preservation of our democracy, and that is what brings us to the House floor today. Efficient and effective in the pursuit of our truth.

“Congress has done its due diligence. Today we send a clear message – we will not tolerate abuse of power from the President of the United States of America. The future of this nation rests in our hands. It is with a heavy heart but a resolved one. And, because I believe our democracy is worth fighting for, I will vote to impeach Donald J. Trump, and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” she concluded.

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Ethics Committee extends review of Tlaib, probes Hastings for alleged relationship with staffer

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Reaction and analysis from former Sen. Franken chief of staff Drew Littman and former DHS deputy assistant secretary Lauren Claffey.

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday announced it is extending its review of a campaign finance matter related to Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, while acknowledging for the first time a probe against Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings concerning a "personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office."

Tlaib's campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, allegedly "reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes," according to a release from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The Ethics Committee announced on August 16, 2019 that it had received a referral from the concerning Tlaib.

If Tlaib "converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law," the OCE continued. "The Board recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Tlaib because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes."

In one April 2018 email released as an exhibit by OCE on Thursday, Tlaib wrote that she was "struggling financially right now" and was "sinking." She continued: "So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one time payment of $5k."

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Talib's lawyer said there is no evidence that she violated the law on purpose, and said there were no bad intentions.

"So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money …"

— Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, in 2018 email released by OCE

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., once vowed to impeach 'the motherf---er' -- and now is the subject of an Ethics Committee probe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., once vowed to impeach 'the motherf—er' — and now is the subject of an Ethics Committee probe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Ethics Committee also said it was looking into whether Hastings' relationship with a staffer, and whether Hastings "has received any improper gifts, including any forbearance, from that employee."

"The Committee is specifically considering whether Representative Hastings’ relationship with the individual employed in his congressional office is in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18(a)," the ethics panel said. That provision refers to improper sexual relationships with subordinates. "The Committee continues to gather additional information regarding the allegations."

The announcement from the ethics panel came less than a month after California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned amid allegations that she slept with staffers.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“I have cooperated with the Committee since May 14, 2019," Hastings said in a statement. "As they continue to conduct their work, I stand ready to fully cooperate with their inquiry."

The developments come amid House Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump. Earlier this year, Tlaib boasted that Democrats would "impeach the motherf—er," referring to the president.

And, in a striking scene at the outset of a Rules Committee meeting last month, Hastings — who himself was impeached and removed from the federal bench in 1989 for taking bribes — outlined the alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors" that he said Trump had committed.

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Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Rashida Tlaib backs Sanders for president at Detroit rally

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Far-left freshmen lawmakers throw their support behind Bernie Sanders

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., became the latest of her fellow “Squad” members to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president, joining him at a Detroit rally.

"We deserve someone who writes the damn bills," she said, noting Sanders is a man of the people, as Detroit Free Press reported. "We deserve Bernie Sanders."

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Tlaib noted that Sanders is a transformative leader who offers solutions not beholden to corporations or the mediocre ideologies of the status quo.

"We need a new vision for American and that's what our campaign is about," Sanders said. "The most important and significant opposition we face … is the limitation to our imaginations.”

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib address the audience during a Sanders campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib address the audience during a Sanders campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Sanders also took the time to praise Tlaib for her role in representing the party’s progressive wing.

"What Rashida has been doing in less than one year is become a national figure, not just in standing up against the vulgarity and ugliness of Donald Trump, but she has taken on in a very forceful way, the greed and corruption of the economic establishment and stood up to the political establishment as well," he said.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar., D-Minn., expressed their support for Sanders last week. Ocasio-Cortez recently appeared alongside Sanders at a major rally in Queens, N.Y., that reportedly drew more than 20,000 people. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., is the only "Squad" member who has yet to make an endorsement.

US Representative Rashida Tlaib attends a campaign rally for Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) 

US Representative Rashida Tlaib attends a campaign rally for Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

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Winning the OK of the “Squad” members has been viewed as crucial in attracting young voters, as the top three Democrats in the polls are all senior citizens — Sanders is 78, former Vice President Joe Biden is 76 and Warren is 70 years old.

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) 

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

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Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib set to endorse Bernie Sanders: reports

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At least three members of the “Squad” of far-left freshman members of Congress will reportedly endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Fox News has learned that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will appear with Sanders on Saturday in Queens, N.Y., at a “Bernie’s Back” rally designed to generate excitement for the senator’s campaign following his recent heart procedure. Rep. Ihan Omar, D-Minn., will also endorse the candidate, Fox News confirmed.

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In addition, CNN reported that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will endorse Sanders as well. It was not immediately clear if Omar and Tlaib will appear at the same Sanders event.

"Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity and georgraphy," Omar was quoted as saying in a statement posted on Twitter by the Sanders campaign — and that Omar retweetd on her own Twitter page.

"I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020," Omar added.

"I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020."

— U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

The endorsements would be a significant blow to the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who like Sanders has been representing the party’s progressive wing.

Word of the endorsements also followed Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Ohio, where Warren was under attack from multiple candidates after rising in the polls in recent weeks.

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Winning the OK of the “Squad” members was also viewed as crucial in attracting young voters, as the top three Democrats in the polls are all senior citizens – Sanders is 78, former Vice President Joe Biden is 76 and Warren is 70.

There was no indication that the fourth member of the Squad, Rep. Ayannna Pressley, D-Mass., was ready to make an endorsement – either of Sanders or any other candidate.

​​​​​​​Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Andrew Craft contributed to this report.

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Rashida Tlaib calls for ban on facial recognition tech after telling Detroit police to hire only black analysts

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Tlaib tells Detroit police to only hire black facial recognition analysts

Police chief calls Tlaib's comments racist; Democratic strategist Monique Pressley and Blexit Movement founder Candace Owens react.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., last week responded to backlash after she told Detroit police to hire only black facial recognition analysts, writing in a scathing op-ed that her comments were neither “racist” nor “inappropriate” and pushed further for a total ban of the technology used to identify criminal suspects.

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“I’m going to call out every injustice I see. It’s probably what makes most people uncomfortable when I speak the truth,” Tlaib wrote in an op-ed in The Detroit News. “My comments weren’t racist, out of order, or “inappropriate.” It is inappropriate to implement a broken, flawed and racist technology that doesn’t recognize black and brown faces in a city that is over 80% black.”

“I was elected to serve my residents, and I cannot in good conscience sit by while inaccurate facial recognition technology is deployed in ways that run the risk of false arrests and over-policing,” she continued. “Facial recognition technology will have racist results and relying on human analysts for intervention is inadequate. We need to ban facial recognition.”

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who is black, said last week that it was appalling for the Democratic “Squad” member to suggest that only black people should be hired as facial recognition analysts.

In an editorial titled "Rashida Tlaib should wake up," The Deroit News wrote: “It's almost too rich that the congresswoman who was a target of one of Donald Trump's most offensive tweets has followed him down the racist rabbit hole.”

“Racism can rise from a lot of places, including from those who build their careers railing against it. Tlaib, who considers herself among Congress' most woke members, should wake up to that reality,” the paper's editorial said.

Tlaib's suggestion came during a tour of the Detroit Police Department's Real Time Crime Center, where the department uses facial recognition technology to locate suspects. Craig was showing Tlaib how the software works, and how analysts use it to identify and locate individuals. The department had extended the invitation to Tlaib after she tweeted them, calling facial recognition technology "bulls—."

"Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not," Tlaib said. "It's true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!" She also cited instances where she witnessed people confuse Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

In response to The Detroit News editoiral, Tlaib criticized the newspaper for taking the bait to allow the police chief “to distract from the fact that broken technology is being used to lock up black and brown people in Detroit.” (Tlaib's response was also published in The Detroit News.)
“Craig's department spent millions of dollars on a system that is flawed and jeopardizes our civil liberties, and it was implemented with no public input. Calling out racism isn’t racist — but this technology is,” she said. “I hope instead of attacking me in the media he will read the studies I have provided to his department.”
Tlaib also claimed during her police tour last week that "the error rate among African-Americans, especially women," was 60 percent. In an appearance on "Fox & Friends: First," Craig refuted the freshman congresswoman's claims.

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"It's a software. It's biometrics," he said. "And, to put race in it … we're talking about trained professionals. My staff goes through intense training with the FBI, and so they're not looking at race but it's measurements. We were appalled when she made this statement," the police chief said.

"This is a double standard," Craig said. "If I had made the exact same comment, they would've been calling for my resignation and she would have been leading that charge. That's a fact."

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"We know [there are] flaws in the technology. We've addressed that through the rigorous system that we have in place. So, we have a modeled approach on how we use this technology very effectively," he said.

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Tlaib: Democrats looking into how to arrest Trump officials

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Rashida Tlaib: most controversial statements

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has never been afraid to voice her opinion. From her calls to shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to her push to impeach President Trump, take a look back at her most controversial statements over the past two years.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Democratic lawmakers are exploring how to arrest White House officials who do not comply with congressional subpoenas.

Tlaib, D-Mich., told Detroit constituents at her "Congress, Coffee, and Conversation" event on Tuesday that lawmakers are focused on how best to take cabinet members into custody. "This is the first time we've ever had a situation like this," she said. "So they're trying to figure out, no joke, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We don't know. Where do we hold them?"

An America Rising PAC tracker caught Tlaib on video speculating what could happen to Trump administration officials held in contempt of Congress. The congresswoman pointed to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr, who were both held in criminal contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.

The House of Representatives voted to ask the Justice Department to prosecute Barr and Ross by a margin of 230 to 198. It was the second time in U.S. history a sitting cabinet member was held in criminal contempt of Congress. The first was former attorney general Eric Holder, whom the Republican-controlled House held in contempt in 2012 after Holder refused to turn over documents pertaining to the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.

Tlaib said her colleagues are "trying to tread carefully" in this "uncharted territory."

"I will tell them they can hold all those people right here in Detroit," she joked. "We'll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings."

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Rashida Tlaib, in contentious tour, tells Detroit police chief to hire only black analysts for facial recognition program

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Rashida Tlaib: most controversial statements

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has never been afraid to voice her opinion. From her calls to shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to her push to impeach President Trump, take a look back at her most controversial statements over the past two years.

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib told Detroit’s chief of police that he should hire only black people as analysts to run their facial recognition software because, she claimed, non-black people think they all look alike.

The suggestion came Monday as Chief James Craig gave Tlaib a tour of the Real Time Crime Center, where the department uses facial recognition technology to find suspects. Craig was showing Tlaib how the software works, and how analysts use it to identify and locate individuals. But the tour quickly turned contentious as the freshman Michigan congresswoman made repeated requests that were shot down by the chief.

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“Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib said. “It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!” She said she has witnessed people confuse Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who both are black and bald.

Craig, who is black, did not go for Tlaib’s suggestion.

“I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender,” he responded.

This came after Tlaib claimed that “the error rate among African-Americans, especially women,” was 60 percent.

“I understand the technology real well,” Craig said. He showed Tlaib how his analysts examine the software’s results before making determinations.

“See if you can get some of our money back until they fix it,” Tlaib said, to which Craig simply replied, “No.”

When asked if defendants were prosecuted solely based on facial recognition results, Craig said they were not.

The tour, which was recorded and then posted by a reporter with The Detroit News, got off to a rocky start when Tlaib asked the reporter, “Are you facial recognizing me right now? I’m sorry who are you and why are you videotaping me?”

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Afterward, the Detroit News reporter followed up on Tlaib’s assertion that only black people should be hired to use the facial recognition software.

“Are you saying white people are not qualified to –,” he said, before Tlaib cut him off.

“No, I think there’s actually been studies out that it’s hard for, you know, like African-Americans would identify African-Americans, similar, Latino same thing,” she said.

When asked if that would mean African-Americans should not be allowed to identify white people, Tlaib said, “Look it up,” and walked away.

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The Detroit Police Department extended the invitation to Tlaib in August, after she described facial recognition technology as “bulls—.”

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Craig made headlines in 2015 after he said more citizens should be armed. While in the past he supported increased restrictions on weapons and ammunition, his position changed after visiting Maine and Los Angeles, where permits for carrying concealed weapons are easier to acquire.

“I changed my orientation real quick,” Craig said. “Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

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Tlaib has promoted four viral racial hoaxes in 2019

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Rashida Tlaib: most controversial statements

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has never been afraid to voice her opinion. From her calls to shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to her push to impeach President Trump, take a look back at her most controversial statements over the past two years.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) has promoted at least four racially charged hoaxes or debunked stories on Twitter in 2019 and failed to issue statements retracting or correcting her comments.

The most recent example: the case of Amari Allen, a black 12-year-old girl in Virginia who claimed three white boys in her class pinned her down and cut off her dreadlocks. Allen has since recanted the story, but Tlaib has not issued a correction or deleted her tweet praising Allen as "courageous & strong" and having a "power that threatens their core."

The activist Tlaib retweeted apologized for spreading the story after Allen recanted her charge, but Tlaib didn't share the apology or offer her own contrition.

This has been part of a pattern for the outspoken, far-left congresswoman. On at least three other occasions in 2019, Tlaib uncritically shared racially charged, viral stories that fell apart or were strongly challenged upon deeper scrutiny.

Tlaib was among numerous progressive politicians and pundits who rushed to judgment about the Covington Catholic incident in January at the Lincoln Memorial. Initial videos and media reports made it seem as though Trump-supporting high schoolers had mocked and harassed a Native American man peacefully beating a drum, but further investigation revealed severe inaccuracies in those assumptions.

"This is so hard to watch," Tlaib tweeted, linking to one of the early videos. "It reminds us of the growing hate & oppression we are all up against."

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Ex-Obama official Joel Rubin on Tlaib, Omar: ‘No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic’

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin discusses how anti-Semitism is being used as political rhetoric. He explains that anti-Semitism has fallen into two competing arguments and how that rhetoric is shaping the political landscape ahead of the 2020 elections.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin said “there's a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic” as he defended Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in the wake of Israel blocking them from entering the country.

In an interview with Fox News, the former Obama administration official argued that while Omar and Tlaib are both vocal opponents of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement, their opinions do not make them anti-Semitic.

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“No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic,” Rubin said. “Omar has said things about Israel supporters that she has apologized for, but that does not mean that she hates Jews. She hasn’t gone on a tirade attacking Jews, like real anti-Semites do. There's a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic.”

Republicans, particularly President Trump, have repeatedly accused Tlaib and Omar – who are both Muslim — of making anti-Semitic comments. Omar, for instance, has been called out for tweeting "Israel has hypnotized the world.” (The congresswoman did acknowledge and apologize for it later on Twitter.) Tlaib defended BDS and told an interviewer it is “criticizing the racist policies of Israel.”

Last month, as he ripped Tlaib and Omar, Trump went as far as to say that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.”

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But Rubin argued that when critics call out Tlaib, who is from Michigan, and Omar, who is from Minnesota, and the Democratic Party as a whole, they miss the point when it comes to anti-Semitism in the United States.

“The American Jewish community here at home is on the receiving end of many direct anti-Semitic attacks, verbal and physical, and that has nothing to do with Israel policy,” Rubin said.

Rubin said anti-Semitism had previously been primarily tied to anti-Israel rhetoric regarding the BDS movement. In the past couple of years, however, Rubin noted that there’s been a rise in domestic terrorism against Jewish institutions in the U.S., the second category of anti-Semitism.

“My hometown synagogue, Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, was the scene of the worst anti-Semitic incident in the history of the United States,” Rubin said. “So these two competing anti-Semitism arguments are what's playing out, and politically the pro-Israel community has really committed itself to fighting BDS and has not totally committed itself to fighting anti-Semitism here at home.”

Rubin also said he does not see the congresswomen’s views as detrimental to U.S. foreign policy, arguing they could strengthen both the United States’ and Israel’s long-term goals.

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"American relations with Israel haven't been damaged at all. American legislators have a duty to ask tough questions in support of American interests, and having that discussion ultimately strengthens our country’s foreign policy,” Rubin said.

He added: “While it’s true that these lawmakers are asking harder, more aggressive questions than is traditionally seen from Congress, the bilateral relationship still stands strong and American support for Israel is firm, and hopefully their views will foster a more comprehensive policy on the Middle East that leads to peace between Israel and the Palestinians – something that is firmly in the interest of the United States.”

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin.

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Rashida Tlaib says Trump is ‘scared’ of her and the ‘Squad’

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Trump says he doesn't buy Tlaib's tears on Israel

The president accuses Rep. Tlaib of hating 'Israel and all Jewish people' after the Democrat congresswoman holds an emotional press conference with Rep. Omar; Garrett Tenney reports.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has claimed that President Trump is “scared” of her and her fellow “Squad” members in the wake of her canceled trip to Israel and the subsequent feud with the president.

“It’s been very clear to me, especially this last week, that he’s scared of us,” Tlaib said in an interview with The Guardian that was published Saturday. “He’s afraid of women of color … because we’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid to speak up and say that we have a white supremacist in the White House who has a hate agenda.”

TRUMP RIPS DEMS' EMOTIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON ISRAEL: 'I DON'T BUY REP TLAIB'S TEARS'

“He’s afraid because we have a real agenda for the American people,” she said.

Trump has frequently scrapped with the four progressive congresswomen – Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. – since they entered Congress in January.

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib speak out over canceled trip to Israel Video

The most recent battle came last week when Omar and Tlaib, known for their strong criticisms of Israel, were blocked from traveling to the country. Israel later granted permission to Tlaib to visit her Palestinian grandmother, but Tlaib decided she did not want to abide by the restrictions placed on her about promoting boycotts of Israel.

TLAIB GETS EMOTIONAL AS OMAR CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT OVER ISRAEL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

“She said I’m her dream manifested,” Tlaib said of her grandmother at a press conference. “I’m her free bird so why would I come back and be caged and bow down?”

Trump suggested the moment was not genuine.

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” the president tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

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In her interview with the left-wing outlet, Tlaib said that the Squad’s radical ideas – such as Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal, and higher taxes on the rich — are more popular with Americans than Trump’s policies.

“He can bring it,” she said, “because we actually have policies that came from the people. What he’s doing by choosing us four as his target is trying to distract folks from the fact that more people are living in poverty than ever, because he has failed as a president.”

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Tlaib suggests ‘Israeli occupation’ led to bombing death of Israeli girl, 17

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Rep. Jerry Nadler slams 'growing anti-Semitism,' condemns cartoon shared by Omar and Tlaib

Zach Friend and David Bahnsen weigh in on controversial comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and President Trump.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.,suggested Friday night that "Israeli occupation" was a factor in the murder of an Israeli teenager from what Israeli authorities have described as a terrorist attack that took place earlier in the day.

Rina Shnerb, 17, was hiking with her father and brother at a natural spring near the West Bank when they were hit by an "improvised explosive device." The brother was reportedly on life support while her father was said to be conscious but still hospitalized.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli army has not determined if the bomb was hidden or thrown at them. A manhunt for those responsible was underway.

US CONFIRMS ISRAEL BEHIND LAST MONTH'S AIR STRIKE IN IRAQ AGAINST IRANIAN BASE

Tlaib expressed condolences for the slain Israeli girl in response to a tweet posted by the left-leaning anti-Israeli occupation group IfNotNow, which claimed the "rightward drift of Israeli and US govts make the situation less safe for Israelis and Palestinians."

"This is absolutely tragic & horrible. My heart goes out to Rina's family," Tlaib wrote. "More than ever we need to support nonviolent approaches to ending the Israeli occupation and guaranteeing equal rights for all. Extremism that puts innocent lives at risk moves us no closer to peace."

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Tlaib recently entered a feud with "Real Time" host Bill Maher after he blasted the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement as a "bulls— purity test by people who want to appear 'woke' but actually slept through history class."

After Tlaib called for a boycott of his show, Maher shot back, asking if Tlaib was going to "boycott 93% of her own party" since the vast majority of her Democratic colleagues voted to condemn the BDS movement.

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Leading House Dem calls out Omar and Tlaib amid Trump attack for furthering anti-Semitism with ‘vile’ cartoon

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Marc Thiessen: 'Appalling' that Democrats are defending 'virulent anti-Semites' Tlaib and Omar

Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen calls out Democrat lawmakers and 2020 candidates for defending Reps. Tlaib and Omar on Israel.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called out members of both parties on Thursday, claiming they helped further anti-Semitism in the nation's "political dialogue."

"The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant," Nadler said. He pointed to Trump's comments about "disloyalty" in Jews who voted for Democrats, as well as a cartoon forwarded by two progressive congresswomen already in the news for a failed attempt to enter Israel.

"[T]he Carlos Latuff cartoon forwarded by @RepRashida and @Ilhan can surely be read for its vile underlying message," Nadler tweeted.

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Trump says Ilhan Omar is a disaster for Jewish people in her district, doesn't buy Rashida Tlaib's tears Video

Both Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., shared a cartoon from an artist who came in second in Iran's International Holocaust Cartoon contest.

The cartoon displayed a Star of David in the center and appeared to show Trump trying to silence Omar. It also showed Tlaib with what appeared to be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hand over her mouth.

Netanyahu's government had banned Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel, citing the congresswomen's itinerary as evidence they wanted to promote a boycott against the country. The itinerary named their destination "Palestine" rather than Israel — and the group that planned their trip has also expressed support for terrorism against the nation.

It's unclear how the two will respond to Nadler but, if history is any judge, they won't be afraid of taking on a leading Democrat.

BILL MAHER FIRES BACK AT TLAIB AFTER SHE SUGGESTS A BOYCOTT OF HIS SHOW

Tlaib, Omar and the rest of their "squad" – which includes fellow progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. – refused to back down when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized their decision to vote against a border funding package she pushed in the chamber.

Both Tlaib and Omar have caught special attention for comments described as "anti-Semitic."

Omar has been criticized for tweeting in 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." As a member of Congress, Omar infamously suggested that pro-Israel members of Congress are simply motivated by funding from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Tlaib, for her part, was criticized by House Republicans earlier in 2019 after she described the "calming feeling" she experienced when thinking about the Holocaust in part because, as she put it, Palestinians helped create "a safe haven for Jews" in the aftermath of the genocide.

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Omar and Tlaib were also two of just a handful of Democrats who voted against an overwhelmingly approved measure opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. When Omar countered that measure with her own resolution, she likened boycotts to those against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

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This appeared to prompt the State Department to update its definition of anti-Semitism to include “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

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Trump rips Dems’ emotional press conference on Israel: ‘I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears’

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Reps. Rashida Tlaib, l., and Illan Omar hint at cutting aid to Israel

Washington Examiner commentary writer Tiana Lowe and Democratic strategist Kevin Chavous join the debate.

President Trump tore into Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday for her emotional press conference alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar in which they condemned Israel for blocking a planned trip, calling the Michigan congresswoman an anti-Semite and saying he doesn't "buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears."

Tlaib and Omar, D-Minn., a day earlier had called for retaliatory measures, urging Congress to “conduct oversight” regarding U.S. aid to Israel as Tlaib decried the conditions her Palestinian relatives live under.

TLAIB GETS EMOTIONAL AS OMAR CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT OVER ISRAEL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Referencing recent conversations with her Palestinian grandmother, whom she had planned to visit before deciding she did not want to abide by Israel's restrictions, Tlaib choked up: “She said I’m her dream manifested. I’m her free bird so why would I come back and be caged and bow down?”

Trump, who has feuded with Tlaib ever since she issued a profanity-laced call for his impeachment upon joining Congress, suggested Tuesday the moment wasn't genuine.

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” the president tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

Israel created a firestorm last week when it decided not to let Tlaib and Omar visit the Jewish state due to their support for boycotting Israel. Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and even Democrats known to be pro-Israel — like New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer — criticized that decision.

MIFTAH GROUP THAT PLANNED TLAIB-OMAR ISRAEL TRIP ONCE REFERRED TO SUICIDE BOMBING AS SACRIFICE 'FOR THE CAUSE'

But Tlaib subsequently drew criticism when, after getting Israel's permission to see her grandmother in the West Bank, she abruptly called off the trip — apparently unwilling to abide by restrictions on promoting Israel boycotts.

During Monday’s press conference, Tlaib stood by her decision as she also discussed her experiences visiting Jerusalem as a child.

“As a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American,” she said.

Meanwhile, Omar said lawmakers “have a responsibility to conduct oversight over our government’s foreign policy and what happens with the millions of dollars we send in aid.”

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When Israel first announced the decision not to let Tlaib and Omar visit the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited their itinerary, which he said revealed that the trip’s “sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel's legitimacy.”

Netanyahu also noted that the trip was organized by the Palestinian organization Miftah, which has a history of supporting the movement to boycott Israel and has even referred to suicide bombers as “sacrificing their lives for the cause.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Reps. Omar, Tlaib call for an end to Israel's 'occupation' of Palestinian territories

Progressive 'Squad' members Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib hold news conference following canceled congressional trip to Israel.

An emotional Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Monday held back tears during a news conference as she and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned Israel’s recent decision to impose restrictions on visiting the country, with the Democrats calling for Congress to get involved.

“We in the United States have a constructive role to play,” Omar said at the news conference in St. Paul, Minn. “We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year. This is predicated on them being an important ally in the region, and the only democracy in the Middle East. But, denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally.”

WHITE HOUSE FIRES BACK AS HOUSE DEMS MULL RETALIATION OVER ISRAEL NIXING OMAR, TLAIB VISIT

Omar said lawmakers “have a responsibility to conduct oversight over our government’s foreign policy and what happens with the millions of dollars we send in aid.”

The two Muslim lawmakers held an afternoon news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol Building with Palestinian-American and Jewish-American residents of Minnesota who said they also have been affected adversely by travel restrictions to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The purpose of the event, Omar said, was to “highlight the human costs of the occupation and travel restrictions on Palestinians and others.”

"The decision to ban me and my colleague, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials," Omar said.

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Tlaib held back tears as she discussed her experiences visiting Jerusalem as a child.

“As a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American,” she said.

Referencing recent conversations with her Palestinian grandmother, who she had planned to visit on the trip, Tlaib choked up: “She said I’m her dream manifested. I’m her free bird so why would I come back and be caged and bow down?”

Omar jumped in: “What I tell Rashida all the time is that you don’t ever allow people to enjoy your tears. I say that all the time. There are so many people invested in our pain, in our struggle, in seeing us broken.”

Earlier Monday, the White House fired back at Democrats amid reports that they may be planning retaliatory moves in Congress against two top American and Israeli diplomats.

“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country – and Democrats’ pointless congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”

HOUSE DEMS COULD RETALIATE AGAINST US AND ISRAEL AMBASSADORS AFTER BANNED VISIT

According to a weekend report in McClatchy, senior Democrats in Congress were considering legislative action against Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, in response to the decision not to let Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar, D-Minn., enter Israel. That could include a possible vote on a statement of no confidence in Dermer, as well as calls for the opening of an inspector-general investigation into Friedman.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Israel statements in saying the government would block them from entering Israel as part of a planned trip.

The move – announced shortly after President Trump tweeted that it would "show great weakness" to allow them in – ignited a massive outcry from Washington Democrats, as Netanyahu's government stood by the decision arguing the U.S. lawmakers had an ulterior, anti-Israel agenda.

Omar and Tlaib have been outspoken critics of Israeli policies and have expressed support for boycotts of the country.

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Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of two Jewish Republicans in the House, defended Israel’s decision.

“Israel has a law that is on the books that allows them to prevent anyone to visit their country that seeks to harm their country. It would be wrong to be criticizing Israeli Prime Minister to the United States for his role in this because they don’t want to have people traveling to their country that want to harm it,” he said.

Still, while blocking the planned trip, the Israeli government said it would accept a humanitarian request from Tlaib to visit her Palestinian grandmother. But, on Friday, Tlaib said she would not travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite getting permission hours before from Israel’s interior minister.

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Tlaib, Omar dustup with Israel becomes White House talking point

President Trump and Republicans say Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar's position on Israel is representative of the Democrat Party; John Roberts reports.

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are ramping up their criticism of Israel's decision to block them from entering the country, where according to Tlaib "racism and the politics of hate" are "thriving."

But in defending its decision, the Israeli government is citing the radical history of the group that was slated to sponsor the trip.

That group, named Miftah, has a long record of anti-Israel rhetoric that includes downplaying attacks on Israelis and even describing suicide bombers as "sacrificing their lives for the cause." It's a record poised to see new scrutiny as senior Democrats reportedly weigh retaliatory measures for the snub of the two freshman Democrats and the Trump and Netanyahu administrations hit back.

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"The organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement), and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

Netanyahu cited Miftah as he alleged the lawmakers had ulterior, anti-Israel motives in their planned Israel trip.

For instance, a 2006 Miftah report dealing with the Second Intifada – a wave of Palestinian violence in the early 2000s – discussed a 2002 Jerusalem suicide bombing under a section titled “Fighting Back.” It described the attack, where Wafa Idrees blew herself up with a bomb that killed an Israeli and injured more than 100 others, as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.”

More recently, Miftah’s founder, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee, spoke against referring to Palestinian attackers as terrorists in a 2017 interview.

“They are seen by the people as resistance and you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as a terrorist,” she told Germany’s DW.com, describing “this whole labeling thing” as “unfair and unjust.”

Miftah has not responded to Fox News’ request for clarification on their organization’s stance on violence.

The organization's position on BDS is far clearer.

“The BDS movement, to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, which arose out of Palestinian civil society, is also a crucially important force, which has great potential and deserves international attention,” wrote a member of Miftah's Media and Information Department in 2010.

“Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) give us hope,” a 2012 piece said. More recently, a June 2019 document authored by Miftah promoting an interview with Birzeit University lecturer Dr. Ghassan Khatib said, “There must be coherence between official Palestinian diplomacy and public diplomacy, one form of which is the BDS movement.”

Israeli law allows the country to bar anyone who promotes BDS from entering. Omar and Tlaib are vocal supporters of the movement and had planned a trip with a group that appears to endorse it fully. Their colleagues in the House, meanwhile, passed a resolution in opposition to BDS in July with a 398-17 vote.

“These two members were going, they were claiming to be representatives of the U.S. government, but they were seeking to undercut U.S. foreign policy and not represent our actual stance as a government,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., told Fox News on Monday.

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Miftah drew accusations of blatant anti-Semitism in 2013, when they published an article that gave credence to the medieval blood libel, the false claim that Jews use Christian blood to make matzah for the Passover holiday. They apologized after the article drew backlash, stating that “the article was accidentally and incorrectly published by a junior staff member.” They added that all their staff had been informed "as to the disgusting and repulsive phenomena of blood libel or accusation, including its use against Jews.”

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When the blood libel article resurfaced amid discussion of Omar and Tlaib’s planned trip, the organization took a more combative tone in addressing it, accusing “vicious hate-filled groups” of “unfounded accusations and fabrications” about Miftah, while again blaming the publication of the article on a junior staffer’s “misstep.”

Omar and Tlaib are not the first members of Congress to plan a trip to Israel through Miftah. In 2016, Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., Dan Kildee, D-Mich., Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., went on a trip that Miftah organized alongside the American Global Institute.

When the House voted on July’s anti-BDS resolution, Cartwright and Kildee voted in favor, while Pocan opposed it and Johnson voted present. Gutierrez is no longer in office.

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Tlaib forgoes trip to West Bank to see grandmother, blasts Israel for 'oppressive conditions'

Trump calls Tlaib's rejection of West Bank visit approval 'a complete set up'; reaction from retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin and Brett Bruen.

Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., continue to speak out against President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the decision to bar them from visiting Israel last week, but now recent social media posts from the freshman congresswomen – part of the “Squad” that includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — include a political cartoon from an artist celebrated for his anti-Semitic imagery.

Tlaib and Omar posted to their Instagram stories a cartoon which depicts Netanyahu silencing Tlaib by covering her mouth, and Trump doing the same to Omar, The Jewish Daily Forward’s Batya Ungar-Sargon noticed.

TLAIB HITS BACK AT BILL MAHER FOR COMMENTS ON BDS, COMPARES ISRAEL TO APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

“The more they try to silence us, our voices rise. The more they try to weaken us, the stronger we become. The more they try to discredit us, the truth prevails,” was the statement included in Tlaib’s post.

Ungar-Sargon pointed out that the artist who drew the cartoon, Carlos Latuff, has a history of cartoons that compare Israel to Nazis, including an entry in the 2006 Iran Holocaust Cartoon Contest that won him second place.

Latuff himself shared the cartoon on his Twitter page, and early Sunday morning he posted a link to an interview he did with the Forward where he discussed his controversial artwork. He defended his use of the Holocaust to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, even while acknowledging that the two are not exactly the same.

“Of course Israel isn’t building gas chambers in the West Bank, but surely we can find some similarities between the treatment given to Palestinians by the [Israel Defense Forces] and the Jews under Nazi rule,” Latuff said.

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department updated its definition of "anti-Semitism" to include "Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” This was after Omar introduced a resolution that endorsed the use of boycotts, specifically referring to their past use against Nazi Germany.

When confronted with criticism of his use of “traditional anti-Semitic motifs,” Latuff insisted, “My cartoons have no focus on the Jews or on Judaism. My focus is Israel as a political entity[.]” He did not explain why it was necessary to use anti-Jewish tropes to criticize Israel, other than to say, “It happens to be Israeli Jews that are the oppressors of Palestinians.”

Still, when pressed on the issue, he did say, “No doubt about real anti-Semitism. Of course you’ll have people hijacking the Palestinian struggle as a chance for bashing the Jews, like European neo-Nazis who demonstrate against the occupation of Palestinian territories or the Iraq War. It’s important for the left to keep them apart from the legitimate struggle for the rights of the Palestinians.”

He denied, however, that being anti-Zionist is anti-Semitic.

It is unclear whether Tlaib or Omar were aware of Latuff’s history when they shared the recent cartoon. Fox News reached out to both lawmakers, but they did not immediately respond.

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The congresswomen were originally scheduled to visit Israel over the weekend. The Israeli government initially said they would be welcome, despite an Israeli law that bars visitation from those who support boycotts of the Jewish state, which Omar and Tlaib have publicly endorsed.

On Thursday, the day before they were set to embark on their trip, Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri decided to block them from coming after all, with Netanyahu supporting the decision. The prime minister explained the decision in a statement, which described how the government had recently received a copy of Omar and Tlaib’s itinerary, which was labeled as a trip to “Palestine” and not Israel, and which Netanyahu said “reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.”

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Tlaib, who has family residing in Palestinian territory in the West Bank, was told that she could enter Israel if she submitted a humanitarian request and promised not to promote boycotts of Israel during her visit. She made a formal request that noted that this could be her last chance to see her elderly grandmother. Israel then granted her permission to come, only for her to then say she would not come after all, claiming, “Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart.”

When talk show host Bill Maher criticized the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that Tlaib and Omar support, Tlaib suggested that viewers boycott his HBO show.

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Tlaib hits back at Bill Maher for comments on BDS, compares Israel to apartheid South Africa

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Trump blasts Rep. Tlaib over her refusal of Israel's offer

Charlie Hurt responds.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested Saturday that viewers boycott comedian Bill Maher’s HBO talk show after he devoted a segment of Friday's program to bashing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a “bulls— purity test.”

"Maybe folks should boycott his show," said Tlaib, who went on to compare criticism of the BDS movement to the controversy surrounding boycotts of South Africa's apartheid regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

"I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom," the lawmaker continued. "This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now."

Maher’s segment came one day after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for their support of the BDS movement following an appeal from President Trump.

Maher opined that Omar’s past comments, in which she seemed to suggest that “Jews control the world, control the money,” might have played a part in “why they don’t get a hero’s welcome.”

Tlaib's tweet came in response to a post by Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan, who criticized “Liberal” Maher for “railing against BDS, Palestinians and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of colour.”

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On Friday, the Israeli government said Tlaib could visit her relatives in the West Bank, including her 99-year-old grandma, on humanitarian grounds. But then the Interior Ministry released a letter purportedly signed by Tlaib in which she promised not to advocate boycotts during her visit. That appears to have lead to her decision to cancel the visit.

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"Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart," she said in a statement. "Silencing me with treatment to make me feel less-than is not what she wants for me — it would kill a piece of me that always stands up against racism and injustice."

Fox News' Joseph A. Wolfsohn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother responds to Trump mocking decision not to visit Israel: ‘May God ruin him’

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Fox News visits the West Bank home of Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grandmother

Progressive 'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib says she won't visit her grandmother on West Bank 'under these oppressive conditions'; Trey Yingst reports.

Muftia Tlaib, the 99-year-old grandmother of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., had some strong words for President Trump after he claimed the elder Tlaib was a "winner" because her granddaughter decided not to visit her in Israel.

“Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming,” Reuters reported her saying. “May God ruin him." The nonagenarian was reportedly hopeful that Rep. Tlaib would come despite the Michigan congresswoman's claim that doing so — on the condition that she wouldn't promote boycotts of Israel — would humiliate her.

That statement came just a day after Trump appeared to troll the lawmaker by claiming her grandmother was better off without her visiting.

TRUMP SUGGESTS 'SETUP' AFTER TLAIB REJECTS ISRAEL'S INVITE: 'ISRAEL ACTED APPROPRIATELY!'

"The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!" he said.

Rashida Tlaib initially requested a humanitarian visit to her grandmother after the Israeli government rejected her and Rep. Ilhan Omar's, D-Minn., request to enter the Jewish state. Citing the two's itinerary, Israel claimed that their visit was intended to promote boycotts against the nation.

The congresswoman later requested the humanitarian visit through a letter that contained a promise not to promote boycotts. But the Michigan Democrat reversed course after Israel accepted her request, claiming she would have to go under "oppressive conditions."

"Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me," Rashida Tlaib tweeted, referring to her grandmother. "It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice."

Tlaib's family told Fox News' Trey Yingst that they supported her statement and decision, saying that the dispute illustrated a bigger issue for Palestinians.

"They don't want her to come, "Bassam Tlaib, the congresswoman's uncle, told Fox News. "They prevent her because they know she's coming here to see in her own eyes with the delegation, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the violation of the occupation on the people's lives here."

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Israel's interior minister, however, blasted Tlaib's decision and alleged it showed that she hated Israel more than she loved her grandmother.

Fox News' Trey Yingst contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brushed off a tweet from President Trump on Friday claiming she envied the media attention fellow “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have received over their recent controversy with Israel.

“Like it or not, Tlaib and Omar are fast becoming the face of the Democrat Party," the president wrote. "Cortez (AOC) is fuming, not happy about this!”

TRUMP SUGGESTS 'SETUP' AFTER TLAIB REJECTS ISRAEL'S INVITE: 'ISRAEL ACTED APPROPRIATELY!'

But the New York Democrat apparently wasn't buying it. She simply added a laughing emoji to a retweet of Trump’s tweet.

Trump’s comment came amid a string of tweets Friday responding to Tlaib’s announcement that she would not travel to Israel to visit her grandmother despite having been granted permission to enter the country from Israeli officials.

"Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her 'grandmother,'" Trump wrote. "As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded & loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel. Could this possibly have been a setup? Israel acted appropriately!"

Israeli officials initially denied entry to Tlaib and Omar, pointing to the pair’s itinerary which stated they planned to visit “Palestine” and not “Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered the phrasing evidence that the two U.S. congresswomen intended to use their trip to promote a boycott of the Jewish state.

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When Tlaib initially requested the visit to her grandmother, she pledged not to "promote any boycotts against Israel." She subsequently tweeted that visiting her grandmother under those conditions would go against her beliefs.

That prompted criticism from Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who tweeted that Tlaib apparently hated Israel more than she loved her grandmother.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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