Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to equate the United States to terrorist groups on Thursday, making use of her United States Constitutionally-enshrined right to freedom of speech, which the terrorist groups Omar listed are adamantlyMore
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to equate the United States to terrorist groups on Thursday, making use of her United States Constitutionally-enshrined right to freedom of speech, which the terrorist groups Omar listed are adamantly against.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress,” Tlaib said, displaying the extent of protection the First Amendment provides to speech for all people in the United States, regardless of their religion. “The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
The fantasy world described by Tlaib was a result of backlash to Omar apparently equating countries promoting peace to terrorist organizations with the opposite goal.
“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.
Omar’s decision to equate terrorist organizations to the countries they victimize sparked backlash from a group of a dozen Jewish Democrats this week.
“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 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.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question from a reporter on why Russian cyberattacks on U.S. companies have increased under the Biden administration, while suggesting it is not the responsibility of the government to protect against foreign cyberattacks.
“On the JBS hack, these hackers based in Russia have disrupted American gas supplies and American meat supplies,” Doocy said. “Why do you think that these ransomware attacks have been rising since President Biden took office?”
“Well, first, I would say these are private sector entities who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cybersecurity,” Psaki responded, suggesting that the cyberattack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier, is not relevant to the United States government. “As it relates to why criminal actors are taking actions against private sector entities, I don’t think I’m the right one to speak to that.”
“So, a total coincidence?” Doocy asked
“I think you could certainly go track down those cyber criminals in Russia and have a good chat with them,” Psaki responded.
After NBC's Peter Alexander pressed Jen Psaki on why have we seen two massive cyber attacks on a gas pipeline and now meatpacking since Biden took office, Fox's Peter Doocy gives it a shot and wonders why are these happening now.
Psaki blames the corporations for getting hacked. pic.twitter.com/KugJ8inTzU
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 2, 2021
The attack on JBS, which supplies nearly one-quarter of the United States’ beef and one-fifth of its pork, comes the month after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to fuel shortages across the east coast. Since Americans need food to not die, many disagree with Psaki’s suggestion that the U.S. government does not have a role in protecting food suppliers from foreign cyberattacks – and virtually everyone disagrees with Psaki’s creative idea that reporters should “track down those cyber criminals in Russia.”
The chief editor of China’s state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, said that China needs to prepare for nuclear war with the United States after the U.S. ordered a 90-day investigation into whether COVID-19 was released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Given the intensifying U.S. strategic containment of China, I would like to remind once again that we have many urgent tasks, but one of the most important is to keep rapidly increasing the number of nuclear warheads and strategic missiles like the Dongfeng 41 with extremely long-range and high survival capabilities,” Hu Xijin wrote in a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo and translated by human rights activist Jennifer Zeng. “This is the cornerstone of China’s strategic resilience against the United States.”
“We must be prepared for a high-intensity showdown between the US and China, at which point a large number of DF-41 and JL-2 and JL-3 will be the backbone of our strategic will,” Hu continued. “Our nuclear missiles must be so numerous that the U.S. elite will tremble at the thought of military confrontation with China at that time.”
“On such a basis, we can calmly and actively manage our differences with the U.S. and avoid all kinds of gunfire,” Hu added. “As U.S. hostility toward China continues to burn, we need to use our strength and the unbearable risks they would face if they took the risk to force them to remain calm.”
Last month, China reportedly refused to engage in negotiations with the United States to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Reuters reported, “China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles.”
“Despite the [People Republic of China]’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States,” U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said. “To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change.”
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a $112 million assistance package to Palestinians, bringing the total amount of aid from the Biden administration to the region plagued by terrorist organizations like Hamas to $360 million.
“Meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken announced that the administration will notify Congress of its intention to provide $75 million in additional development and economic aid,” Fox News reported. “In addition, it will fund disaster assistance in Gaza to the tune of $5.5 million, and an additional $32 million to the controversial U.N. Palestinian refugee agency’s (UNRWA) emergency humanitarian appeal.”
President Abbas, who Blinken met with, was a leader of a terrorist organization when he was elected and is a holocaust denier who has repeatedly claimed that “the Zionist movement had ties with the Nazis.”
“This new assistance comes on top of significant support the United States has recently committed and resumed to the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians, to different agencies and groups,” Blinken said. “In total, we are in the process of providing more than $360 million in urgent support for the Palestinian people.”
Blinken claimed that the goal was to rebuild “the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people” and that no aid would go to Palestinian terrorist organizations despite the Palestinian Authority being led by Abbas.
“As I told the president, I’m here to underscore the commitment of the United States to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship built on mutual respect and also a shared conviction that Palestinians and Israelis alike deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity and dignity,” Blinken said at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Fox News added, “Blinken met with both Palestinian and Israeli officials after an 11-day conflict that began when Hamas, a terror group that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, launched rockets at Israel – which in turn responded with airstrikes.”
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question from a reporter about whether the White House had seen any circumstantial evidence that COVID-19 did not originate in a Chinese lab.
“Has the White House seen any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate in a lab?” a reporter asked Psaki.
“Well, I think, first, I would caution you against disproving a negative there — which is never the responsible approach, in our view, when it come — when it comes to getting to the bottom of the root causes of a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States,” Psaki responded. “I will say that our view continues to be that there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation — and that needs to happen with the cooperation and data provided from the Chinese government. We don’t have enough information at this point to make an assessment.”
The question comes after Republican Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on the evidence that COVID-19 had originated in a Chinese lab. The report stated that “significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This evidence includes:
- China’s history of research lab leaks resulting in infections.
- Warnings from U.S. diplomats in China as early as 2017 that the Wuhan lab was conducting dangerous research on coronaviruses without following necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic.
- Gain of Function research being conducted at the Wuhan lab that made coronaviruses more infectious in humans.
- Several researchers at Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms in fall 2019.
- The involvement in the Wuhan lab of the Chinese military, which has a documented biological weapons program.
- Multiple indications of attempts by Beijing to cover up the true circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“By contrast, little circumstantial evidence has emerged to support the PRC’s claim that COVID-19 was a natural occurrence, having jumped from some other species to humans. For example, Chinese authorities have failed to identify the original species that allegedly spread the virus to humans, which is critical to their zoonotic transfer theory,” the report added.