Washington Post Columnist: Rashida Tlaib’s “Fanaticism” Against the Jews Is Out of the “MAGA Handbook”
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank argued on Monday that a recent display of “fanaticism” by Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Came out of the “MAGA Handbook.”
“It’s a classic Trump move: blame a minority group for a sinister plot, then deny responsibility when your supporters act on your baseless claim,” Milbank began. “So why is Tlaib now using Trump’s playbook against others?”
Milbank was referring to Tlaib’s comments earlier this month that Anti-Defamation League chairman Jonathan Greenblatt called “the hissing of an anti-Semitic dog.”
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“We also have to recognize – and this is for me as an American of Palestinian descent – we also have to recognize in thinking of my family and of Palestine who continue to live under military occupation and how that really interacts with this beautiful one. black city that I grew up in. “Tlaib said, referring to Detroit during a speech at the 2021 National Convention of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).” You know, I always tell people who cut water to people is violence from Gaza to Detroit. And it is a way to control people, to oppress people. And these are the structures that we continue to fight against.
“I know you all understand that the structure we live in right now is designed by those who exploit the rest of us for their own benefit. liberate Palestine or push back those who do not believe in the minimum wage or those who believe that people have a right to health care and much more. And I tell people if you open the curtain and look behind the curtain, these are the same people who are making money and, yes they are, because of racism, because of these broken policies. There’s somebody out there making money and you’ve seen it! “
Tlaib, a staunch opponent of Israel and a supporter of the controversial Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been criticized by some for his involvement of a Jewish cabal controlling things “behind the curtain”.
Milbank responded: “Democrats and others on the left should call it that: bigotry. It’s ludicrous when Trump and his MAGA minions do it, as I have recounted at length; it is no less ugly when it comes from the left.
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The Post columnist wrote that Tlaib’s office “had nothing to add to his comments,” according to a spokesperson. Greenblatt told Milbank that such a lack of clarification and a refusal to apologize is “a lesson from the Trump era.”
“Its anti-Semitism is politically stupid,” Milbank wrote. “At a time when opinions about race fuel partisanship more than any other factor, it drives a wedge between Jews (the vast majority of whom are progressive) and those on the left. “
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“But more than stupid, it’s disgusting. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent and a Muslim, knows what it is to be the target of bigotry. Doing the same against Jews does not advance the cause of anyone other than Trump, ”Milbank added.