Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib broke down in tears as she read aloud a death threat at a House hearing on white supremacy Tuesday.
Tlaib (D-MI) referenced an email she received following the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people and injured another 50 this past March.
The author directed the disgusting email to Tlaib, along with her colleagues’ Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), referring to the former two with an offensive slur for Muslims.
”Attention Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and ragheads Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar,” Tlaib read before a panel of FBI and DHS officials.
”I was totally excited and pleased when I heard about 49 Muslims were killed and many more were wounded in New Zealand, this is a great start,” Tlaib continued reading, becoming visibly emotional. ”Let’s hope and pray that it continues here in the good old USA. The only good Muslim is a dead one.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib read violent hate mail that was sent to her office, adding that she and her colleagues are constant targets of similar attacks pic.twitter.com/EgXSQTlyKg
— POLITICO (@politico) June 5, 2019
FBI Official: We Treat All Threats Seriously
Tlaib wanted to know what was being done about these domestic terrorist threats.
“How is that not enough to fall under domestic terrorism if they’re targeting solely based on my faith and others and saying that a ‘good Muslim is a dead Muslim’ obviously directed to me,” she demanded.
Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity responded by explaining that all terror threats – foreign and domestic – are handled in the same manner.
“If there is another statute that you think is needed, come talk to the Department of Justice, absolutely,” McGarrity suggested. “Those type charges, as you explain that, I want to arrest that person before they do something.”
He also noted that more arrests are made by the FBI concerning domestic threats than otherwise.
Tlaib Does Not Take All Threats Seriously
To be clear, there is absolutely no difference between a white supremacist who makes death threats and anyone else who does the same. They’re both scumbags.
Tlaib, though, doesn’t see such threats or acts through the same lens.
She and Omar recently took turns defending Palestinian rocket attacks – over 600 killing 4 people – on Israel. Tlaib even spoke of “our Palestinian people.”
When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine https://t.co/p3X3j8WtwM
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019
Tlaib set off a firestorm recently by suggesting she gets a “calming feeling” when thinking about the Holocaust because Palestinians created a “safe haven” for some Jewish people.
Critics were quick to point out that the average American doesn’t typically refer to the horrors of the Holocaust as ‘calming’ and that the Palestinians actually massacred Jews during that time, allying with the Nazis during World War II.
Tears (rightfully so) for a lone death threat from an anonymous person, but a calming feeling when thinking about the Holocaust? Amazing.