by Sheri Urban
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivered a stark statement as she delivered the keynote address at the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ 15th annual banquet.
The event was held in February but the video of her comments to CAIR has recently surfaced and they have many concerned.
“‘We always said ‘the Muslims are coming’… I think we’re here!” she said as the crowd cheered in approval.
““We’re not only everywhere in all kinds of different governments but, mashallah [“As Allah willed to be”], we’re in the United States Congress,” she said.
The video, which surfaced on Twitter, began with Executive Director of CAIR-FL, Hassan Shibly introducing her.
“Allahu Akbar! The first Palestinian-American Congresswoman, our dear sister Rashida Tlaib!” he said.
The video, from @AmyMek, shows one of his tweets in which he said “With God as my wittiness (sic), Israel & it’s supporters are enemies of God and humanity! How many more children must Israel kill 4 U 2 C? #Gaza“
“Thank you brother Hassan,” she said before saying something in Arabic that made the crowd cheer in approval again.
She then began to attack President Donald Trump saying “And it was after this President not once, [not] twice, but three times issued a Muslim ban against our community.”
“Thank you so much for inviting me to support a civil rights organization that is around the unified fight against hate and racism in our country,” she said.
Then she commented about when she was a state legislator and thought about her enemies being dead.
“When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him,” she said.
“And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, ‘Oh, my God, I’m so tired of this. I don’t know how you’ve been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie,’” she said.
“And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, ‘You know who I’m talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they’re all lying to me.’ … And he looks at me, and he goes, ‘Young lady, there’s a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead,’” she said.
“I don’t know why, you have to know, at that moment, I felt so much better. And I have no idea if that’s really a saying, I’m not sure, but mashallah, that’s the kind of person he was,” she said.
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