The halls of Congress are where many Americans feel more American due to the weight of their decisions affecting every citizen on our soil.
Yet for Rep. Rashida Tlaib it doesn’t do that. For her, being in Congress makes her feel more Palestinian than American.
“But I’m more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I am anywhere in the country, in the world…” Rep. Rashida Tlaib claimed at the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights on Sunday.
“You know myself, Ilhan [Omar], and all of us, we watch that people are policing what we say,” she told the audience.
“What do you mean by that Rashida? Do you condemn this?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know, did you condemn that?” she said.
“Honestly, I never felt more Palestinian than I ever felt in Congress. Even in Palestine when I’m visiting my grandmom I’m more American,” she said.
“But I’m more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I am anywhere in the country, in the world,” she claimed.
“And that just tells you, just the fact that they weren’t ready for us, they really weren’t. But we were ready for this,” she added.
Many conservatives on social media were outraged about Rep. Tlaib’s remarks.
“Shouldn’t those who SERVE our American government only feel American?” said one tweet.
“Sounds like she is breaking her oath of office, not that oaths mean anything to the likes of her.” said another.
“I thought you were American. If you refer to yourself as Palestinian, then your allegiance is not to America and have no right to serve in Congress.” and another.