There’s no way for Nancy Pelosi to escape the trouble she’s in.
Radical Democrats have backed her into an unwinnable position.
Nancy Pelosi trembled with fear when she learned the threat she’s facing.
Progressive Democrats are willing to openly attack Democratic leadership every time they don’t get their way.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib slammed her party’s leaders, claiming that freedom of speech “doesn’t exist” for Muslim congresswomen after she and Ilhan Omar were reproved.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress,” Tlaib wrote in a tweet blasted out Thursday afternoon.
“House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color,” she added.
Her outrage seems to be provoked because Democratic leadership questioned Omar after she appeared to equate the U.S. and Israel with the Taliban during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar wrote in a tweet along with a video of her questioning of Blinken.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of House leadership issued a joint statement reprimanding Omar for her words.
“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies,” House Democratic leadership said in their statement.
“But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” the statement added.
A dozen Jewish Democrats on Wednesday asked that Omar “clarify” what she said.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups,” the group of 12 Democrats said in a statement. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar said that she “was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
She also said that the statement from the Jewish lawmakers is “offensive.”
“The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive,” Omar tweeted. “The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
Omar and Tlaib, despite being highly successful, famous women with millions of followers, cast themselves as victims if they are held to the slightest standard.
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