Democrats are on their second anti-Semitism scandal of the past 24 hours. The latest scandal involves Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and an op-ed she reportedly wrote for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam publication in 2006.
In the 2006 op-ed, Tlaib argued that deportations should not occur if the undocumented person is only picked up for a petty crime.
It is so clear that the conservatives in Congress will only settle for a bill that allows the unequal treatment of immigrants, allow them to be shoved around the system with no way to plead their case for relief. Many civil and human rights advocates are calling this cruel and unusual punishment. As we enter another stage in the immigration debate, it is important that Congress leaders address the lack of due process safeguards and the lack of protections for families and their rights.
The arguments Tlaib made in the article are not the problem. Her comments are pretty tame compared to the press conference she participated in last week in which calls were made to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and end deportations altogether.
The problem is Farrakhan.
There is no interpreting anti-Semitism in Farrakhan’s language. It’s blatant and has been clear for decades. He has called Jews “termites” and thought Adolf Hitler was “a very great man.”
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
Many found it problematic that Tlaib wrote for Farrakhan’s publication. Several took to Twitter to call for an explanation:
Can’t wait to hear the democrats try to explain this away. https://t.co/VPTHh807E0
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) February 11, 2019
Tlaib Wrote Op-Ed for Farrakhan in 2006. When will the Democrat leadership censure her? This is embarrassing even for the Democrats. https://t.co/ey5SQxnJ8C
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) February 11, 2019
When ur trending on Twitter for your rampant anti-semitism and ur girl knows news about an op-ed she wrote for Louis Farrakhan is about to drop. https://t.co/mGtKdaoV3W
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 11, 2019
Democrats: "Trump is the real racist"
Also Democrats: "Israel has hypnotized the world, all about the benjamins, here's my op-ed I wrote for Louis Farrakhan, btw we wore blackface" pic.twitter.com/1wkjS0yxAu
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 11, 2019
The news about Tlaib broke just as Democrats were attempting damage control for a tweet posted by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in which she claimed that support for the state of Israel is only about money, a claim that has been touted by anti-Semites in the past.
It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
As IJR reported earlier, several Democrats condemned Omar’s comments and called for the congresswoman to meet with Jewish people to get a better understanding of why the comments are dangerous.
It isn’t yet clear what blowback Tlaib will face from her side of the aisle for her 2006 article.
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