Representative Rashida Tlaib fired back at critics like Marco Rubio who claimed she was accusing Jews of ‘dual loyalty’ in a tweet about his proposed new anti-BDS law.
The newly minted congresswoman said she was referring to American values when she said critics of BDS should “remember what country they represent” — a phrase that Rubio called a classic anti-Semitic canard about Jews favoring Israel.
This “dual loyalty” canard is a typical anti-Semitic line#BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel
And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected https://t.co/6yBM0bQB5L— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019
Tlaib, an American of Palestinian descent, wrote back and accused him of “seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech.”
Sen. Rubio, it’s clear my earlier tweet was critical of U.S. Senators like yourself, who are seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech. https://t.co/xFn2XeCqsZ— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 7, 2019
The controversy, she claimed, was created to deflect from the government shutdown, which is now in its third week.
The American people need Trump and Republican Senators to focus on ending the shutdown instead of inventing controversy to distract from your inaction.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 7, 2019