Republicans renew effort to censure Rashida Tlaib

November 7, 2023

Two Republican lawmakers on Monday renewed efforts to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over rhetoric used in criticizing Israel’s war with Hamas.

Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rich McCormick, both of Georgia, introduced separate resolutions seeking to censure Tlaib over what they said were “antisemitic” remarks. 

On Friday Tlaib, the only member of Congress of Palestinian descent, posted a video on social media that included footage of protesters chanting, “from the river to the sea.” 

The Anti-Defamation League has said that chant is part of a full slogan, “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which the ADL called an “antisemitic slogan commonly featured in anti-Israel campaigns…[calling] for a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, territory that includes the State of Israel, which would mean the dismantling of the Jewish state.”

Tlaib disagreed with the ADL’s characterization, asserting that the phrase is an “aspirational call for human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.”

On the chamber floor on Monday, McCormick said Tlaib’s actions were “entirely unbecoming” of a member of the House. 

Tlaib, without responding directly to the censure resolutions, accused her colleagues of “distorting my positions in resolutions filled with obvious lies.”

An effort this past Wednesday to censure Tlaib for her remarks was “tabled,” or killed, by a vote of 222 to 186, with 23 Republicans siding with all 199 Democrats who cast ballots on it.

Afterward, Rep. Greene, who had introduced the measure, quarreled with some of her fellow Republicans who’d voted against it and engaged in public name-calling.

The censure resolutions brought by Greene and McCormick on Monday were introduced as “privileged,” which forces a vote on the issue within two legislative days.

Later on Monday, Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) filed a censure motion against Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) for inflammatory comments he made last week comparing Palestinian civilians to Nazis during World War II.

Jacobs’ resolution is also “privileged,” and will have to be considered within two days.  

PHOTO: Rashida Tlaib, House Committee hearing, Nov 2

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