Rep. Rashida Tlaib said that she was “really afraid” of fellow Americans in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib recounted her feelings in a video segment of an interview filmed for the women’s media site, Makers, noting that she was in law school when the deadly attacks happened which killed nearly 3,000 people. The video was recently uncovered and is now making it’s way on social media.
“I was probably my second year in law school when 9/11 happened,” Tlaib said. “And I was — I was really terrified of what was going to happen to my husband, who was only a green card holder at the time.”
“I immediately called my brothers and told them to be very careful who you hang out with, telling my sisters, you know, just be real careful out there, and being really afraid of my fellow Americans,” the congresswoman continued.
She went on and said that it was this fear that drove her into politics.
“It really pushed me to be more involved, and I got really curious and really angry. And I think that combination got me, you know, in front of a number of issues in the city of Detroit,” she said.
Rep. Tlaib has come under fire herself, from her many calls for the impeachment of President Trump when she took office to recent remarks and actions that have been slammed by many as anti-Semitic.
The Zionist Organization of America condemned Tlaib for her “anti-Israel record” and ties to “terrorists, anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists,” calling this week for her removal from congressional committees and from the Democrat Party.
“Someone who knowingly and enthusiastically consorts with the most virulent antisemites, blood-soaked terrorists and conspiracy theorists is clearly beyond the pale, or no one is beyond the pale,” ZOA National President Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark Levenson stated in a joint public statement.
“It is perfectly clear that Rashida Tlaib is not in the smallest degree ashamed, and has not the slightest inhibition about, being publicly being associated with these anti-Semites, terrorists and glorifiers of Jew-murderers,” their statement continued.
They went on and said that the “only honorable thing” for the Democrat Party to do is to “expel” Tlaib. “The Democratic Party must do the only honorable thing,” they said, “which is to expel her from the party and remove her from Congressional committees.”