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.”