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GOP Rep Bryan Mast Shows Up to Congress in IDF Uniform with Message for Rashida Tlaib

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Florida Congressman Brian Mast wore his Israeli Defense Forces uniform to the Capitol on Friday, and he wasn’t shy about explaining why.

“As the only member to serve with both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces, I will always stand with Israel,” he wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Tlaib’s got her flag. I got my uniform. ‘Global Day of Rage’ my a**.” (The uncensored version appears below.)

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Video shared on X showed Mast sharing a similar sentiment with reporters at the Capitol.

Mast was referring to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a lawmaker from Michigan of Palestinian descent who supports the Palestinian cause and has recently come under fire for displaying a Palestinian flag outside her Washington office following the weekends atrocities against Israel by Hamas terrorists.

Should Mast have worn the uniform to Congress?

Where Mast was willing to speak to reporters about his support for Israel, Tlaib has been running from that sort of accountability, as The Western Journal has previously reported.

Mast expanded on his views about Israel in a statement on his House web page, which is undated but also appears to have been published on Friday.

Mast’s statement appears in its entirety below.

I enlisted in the United States Army — and nearly gave my life for our country — because I believe deeply in the values on which the United States was founded. Following my service, I chose to volunteer alongside the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) because our countries share these common ideals of freedom, democracy and mutual respect for all people.

During my time in Israel, I served alongside soldiers driven by love for their fellow man, rather than by hatred for their enemies. I had the honor of getting to know some of the most creative and caring people I’ve ever met — who adapted to the worst of situations and have been forced to overcome challenges that many couldn’t even imagine. Every family that I encountered during my time in Israel shared a desire for their children to grow and be educated safely without the looming threat of war. I learned at the Shabbat tables of my hosts just how much each family truly desires peace between every neighbor of Israel, regardless of religion or history.

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We cannot let Israel face its enemies alone. While the Obama Administration devalued America’s standing in the Middle East and held our Israeli friends at arm’s length, I worked to strengthen the relationship between our two countries, as both a private citizen and as a soldier, because the national security of the United States is directly tied to the strength of Israel.

In Congress, I am dedicated to advancing policies to embrace the Israeli people as our friends with my pro-Israel colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I am committed to expanding America’s security assistance to Israel. We will hold Iran accountable for promoting violence against Israel by rolling back the dangerous mistakes of the Iran nuclear agreement and reinstituting critical sanctions that deter war. I will do all I can to put an end to the dangerous Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. And, I will fight against any effort — such as the dangerous anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution passed in the waning days of the Obama Administration — that will undermine the opportunity for peace in Israel.

Here’s the bottom line: we cannot allow the defense of our ally Israel to be an issue of right versus left. For me, and for all freedom-loving Americans, standing with Israel — for democracy and human rights — will always be an issue of right versus wrong.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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Foxborough, Massachusetts
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American
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Beta Gamma Sigma
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B.A., English, UNCG; M.A., English, UNCG; MBA, UNCG
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North Carolina
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English
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Faith, Business, Leadership and Management, Military, Politics




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