As he often does, President Trump took to the Twitter machine earlier today to express his opinion on the press conference held yesterday by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in which the two Congresswomen condemned Israel’s decision last Thursday to bar them from entry on security grounds.
Here’s a recap of what was alleged at the presser, via CBS News:
“Netanyahu’s decision to deny us entry might be unprecedented for members of Congress,” Omar said during a press conference, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “But it is the policy of his government when it comes to Palestinians. This is the policy of his government when it comes to anyone who holds views that threaten the occupation.”
The Israeli government did offer to let Tlaib in on humanitarian grounds to visit her 90-year-old Palestinian grandmother on the condition that she did not promote a boycott of Israel. Tlaib initially agreed, but later rejected the offer, saying she would not make the visit under “oppressive conditions.”
Getting visibly emotional, Tlaib said she made the decision to not accept the conditional travel permit after consulting with her grandmother and other family members.
“Through tears, at three o’clock in the morning, we all decided as a family that I could not go until I was a free, American United States Congresswoman coming there, not only to see my grandmother but to talk to Palestinian and Israeli organizations that believed that my grandmother deserves human dignity as much as anyone else does,” she said.
Here’s the video of Tlaib crying as she talked about family members having to go through “dehumanizing checkpoints” to visit her grandparents:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, tears up while recounting her experiences visiting her family: "All I can do … as the granddaughter of a woman living in occupied territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth." https://t.co/BflAp7aeir pic.twitter.com/0RbFwNoibO
— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2019
In a tweet posted earlier today, Trump stated he wasn’t buying it:
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
He later expanded on his comments when asked about the press conference at the White House:
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. And you should see the horrible things that Tlaib has said about Israel, and “AOC plus three.” That’s what I call it. “AOC” — just take “AOC plus three.” And you should see the things that the four of them have said about Israel over the last couple of years.
I mean, Omar is a disaster for Jewish people. I can’t imagine, if she has any Jewish people in her district, that they could possibly vote for her. But what Omar has said, what Tlaib has said.
And then, yesterday, I noticed for the first time, Tlaib with the tears. All of a sudden, she starts with tears. Tears. And I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it for a second because I’ve seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies — my campaign rallies — before she was a congresswoman. I said, “Who is that?” And I saw a woman that was violent and vicious and out of control.
And all of a sudden, I see this person who’s crying because she can’t see her grandmother. She can see her grandmother. They have her permission to see her grandmother, but she grandstanded and she didn’t want to do it.
And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.
Watch his remarks about The Squad below:
President Trump on Rep. Tlaib: "Yesterday, I notice for the first time, Tlaib with the tears. All of a sudden, she starts with tears. I don't buy it…I've seen her in a very viscous mood at campaign rallies…I saw a woman that was violent and vicious and out of control." pic.twitter.com/4j2GgG5Ksn
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 20, 2019
Liberals on Twitter are, of course, flipping out because Trump used the disloyalty card, which to them equates to an anti-Semitic trope (even though Omar’s and Tlaib’s actual anti-Semitism is not actual anti-Semitism or something, as we have been told over the last several months).
In any event, as nauseating as it has been to watch Tlaib and Omar play the victim card for the last several days, and whether or not you agree with all he said today on the subject, one thing Trump said is unquestionably true:
These two perpetually outraged and disingenuous radical Congresswomen, along with AOC and Ayanna Pressley are indeed the extremist faces of the Democratic party (and that has nothing to do with their color or gender, by the way, identity politics-obsessed Democrats).
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –