Rashida Tlaib Tried to Use Shooting in Jersey City for Political Narrative, But In Ironic Twist, It Comes Back to Bite Her

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., pauses to speak to media as she walks from member-elect briefings and orientation on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

There was a horrible terrorist attack in Jersey City, New Jersey that left six people dead on Tuesday.

From NY Times:

Among those killed on Tuesday were three bystanders who were inside the store when the shootout began. They have been identified as Mindel Ferencz, 33, who ran the market with her husband; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a rabbinical student who lived in Brooklyn; and Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, 49, who may have worked at the store.

One other person inside the store was wounded but managed to escape, according to Mr. Grewal.

The Jersey City police officer who was killed was identified on Tuesday as Detective Joe Seals, a 15-year law enforcement veteran and a father of five.

The two suspected terrorists, David Anderson and Francine Graham were also killed.

On Wednesday, it emerged that it was likely an anti-Semitic attack against the kosher store and the attackers were linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite group, because Anderson had been a member of the group.

But one of the terrible things in response to the attack was how some, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), jumped on it on Tuesday, even before the facts were in, to push political agendas.

Tlaib immediately blamed white supremacists. “This is heartbreaking,” she tweeted. “White supremacy kills.”

But of course that had absolutely nothing to do with the facts and when the facts began to emerge that the attackers were black supremacists, Tlaib deleted her tweet.

As my colleague Brandon Morse observed:

Tlaib didn’t care that a shooting occurred. She cared that she had an example of how white people are dangerous and terroristic. This is also proved by the fact that Tlaib, once she deleted the comment, didn’t seem to have anything else to say about it. There was no apology for the obvious lie she told, nor was there any other tweet expressing her sadness over the shooting.

What she did tweet out, however, was how Trump was abusing his power in a racist manner and targeting people “solely based on their ethic [sic] background, their faith, disability, sexual orientation and even source of income.”

Now more information about the attackers is emerging and in an ironic twist has a connection back to Tlaib.

According to the New York Times, a neighbor of David Anderson, one of the terrorists involved, said that Anderson was inspired by Louis Farrakhan. According to the neighbor, Anderson repeatedly played recordings the neighbor believed to be of Farrakhan. Those recordings would cause Anderson to become agitated. He’d shout bible verses and what he believed they meant.

This raises again the problem of the dangerous supremacy and anti-Semitism of Farrakhan.

In 2006, Tlaib wrote an article for the Final Call, the publication that is the print voice of Farrakhan that has reprinted and defended Farrakhan’s supremacism and anti-Semitic comments.

The article was against deportation for minor offenses.

From Fox News:

“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 in a 2006 post in the Final Call. “Concern for ‘national security’ has introduced unprecedented insecurity to living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.”

When it came to light earlier this year, Tlaib’s spokespeople said it was from 2006, as though one wouldn’t know in 2006 who and what Farrakhan was. The spokesperson claimed that the article “was not an endorsement of Farrakhan or anyone for that matter,” and that Tlaib “has not had any direct contact with Farrakhan and condemns his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views.”

How about don’t do articles in such papers? Don’t make anti-Semitic remarks. And don’t use horrible killings for your political purposes?