Tlaib — who is a member of the four-woman “squad” consisting of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — has been one of the loudest members of Congress calling for the impeachment of President Trump.
In her home state, however, Trump has been delivering on his campaign promises to reignite the economy in cities like Detroit that had been economically demolished during the recession.
Since taking office, Michigan’s unemployment has dropped, and the state’s GDP has skyrocketed with new manufacturing production.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Tlaib floundered while trying to explain why voters in Michigan shouldn’t support Trump’s reelection, given the booming economy. She claimed that Trump had nothing to do with the economic recovery. Instead, Tlaib said that wages increased because the people wanted them to.
Watch Tlaib’s comments:
“[Wages] are going up because people are demanding it go up, not because Donald Trump wanted them to go up. Does that make sense? Because the movement of Fight for 15 is growing. The movement to hold corporations accountable is growing. And because of movement work. Not because of who is president of the United States. Transformation from the civil rights movement to the labor rights movement didn’t happen because somebody introduced a bill or whoever was president at the time. It happens because of people on the ground here, especially in Wayne County in Detroit. I’ve seen it over and over again. They demanded it change.”
It is unclear if Tlaib thought that people didn’t want higher-paying jobs prior to Trump’s election or if she sincerely believes they just started demanding higher wages and it worked out in their favor.
“I don’t put President Trump as the reason,” said Tlaib. “It’s because of the people demanding it.”