The hits just keep on coming for the two Muslim congresswomen sworn into office at the beginning of this year.
While Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were praised for bringing Islamic diversity to the halls of Capitol Hill, they have been nothing but trouble for their Democratic Party since arriving in Washington. Both have come under intense fire for their anti-Semitic views; Omar was just the subject of an unprecedented condemnation from the Democratic leadership due to her Jewish conspiracy musings on Twitter. Tlaib has already been in hot water – not just for her anti-Israel stance, but also for her threat to “impeach the motherf**ker” on the evening of her swearing-in ceremony.
And it is Tlaib again who is under the microscope for a column she wrote in 2006. The content of the column – a call for reduced penalties for illegal immigrants – is relatively uncontroversial for a liberal these days, but the placement of its publication could spell trouble. Tlaib was a guest columnist for Final Call, the official newsletter for the Nation of Islam and a place for the unrepentant promotion of Louis Farrakhan’s venomous, anti-Semitic ramblings.
“Lost in the often-vitriolic national quarrel over immigration reform is any examination of proposed measures that would result in excessive punishment, such as detention and deportation, for the most minor offenses,” Tlaib wrote at the time. “Concern for ‘national security’ has introduced unprecedented insecurity to living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.”
Tlaib’s spokespeople insist that the congresswoman “has not had any direct contact with Farrakhan and condemns his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views.” They further argue that Tlaib did not intend to endorse Farrakhan’s views by publishing a column in Final Call.
Perhaps that’s true, but the fact remains that there’s a whole lot of anti-Semitic smoke surrounding both Tlaib and her fellow Muslim newcomer. Whether it’s insinuating that Republicans are being paid off by the Jewish lobby to support Israel or hanging out with anti-Israel activists with a history of praising Hezbollah, these two seem unable to hide their true colors from the world. If this are the kinds of dark associations and musings Tlaib and Omar freely flaunt in public, one can only imagine what they are doing behind closed doors.