Rashida Tlaib

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Because we must ban/boycott/punish all the things associated with upsetting Democratic Squad members like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI), it wasn’t a big shocker that over the weekend she called for people to boycott liberal comedian/cable TV talk show host Bill Maher after he went on an epic anti-BDS rant Friday night.

To recap, Empress Tlaib was none too pleased that Maher called the BDS movement for what it was on his “Real Time” HBO program in the aftermath of the “outrage” over Israel’s Thursday decision to bar both Omar and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entry on security grounds:

“It’s a bulls— purity test, BDS is a bulls— purity test by people who want to appear ‘woke’ but actually slept through history class,” Maher said, drawing loud cheers from the audience. “It’s predicated on this notion … I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

The HBO star quoted BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, who said, “No Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian — will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

“So that’s where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all,” Maher told the panel. “Somehow this side never gets represented in the American media. It’s very odd.”


“I see why [Omar and Tlaib] don’t get a hero’s welcome,” he added.

“Maybe folks should boycott his show,” Tlaib tweeted Saturday about Maher. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa.”

Maher responded on Twitter today, and included video of the Friday night segment to reiterate his point and show he was not going to back down:

Correction: The House vote to condemn the BDS movement was 398-17. That includes 209 Democrats, which only further amplifies Maher’s point.

As I’ve written previously, I frequently disagree with Maher. He’s wrong probably 95% of the time. But on the BDS movement, he was spot on. Tlaib can continue to try and shame people on the left and right who dare to expose the poisonous anti-Semitic rhetoric she and Omar use, but that will only make those same people louder. Maher proved that today.

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