Rubio Hits Tlaib for Employing 'Anti-Semitic' Rhetoric and Supporting Movement To 'Destroy' Israel


Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called out freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for her use of rhetoric he described as “anti-Semitic” and her support for a movement he said is aimed at “destroying” Israel.

In a tweet on Sunday, Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, made known her opposition to a bipartisan bill offered by Rubio designed to protect the right of state and local governments to boycott businesses and entities that boycott Israel.

“They forgot what country they represent,” the Democrat congresswoman charged. “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”

Tlaib included a tweet from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with similar allegations and asserting Democrats should block considering any legislation that does not reopen the government.

Tlaib backs the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel known as BDS, which is intended to punish the Jewish state for alleged human rights abuses.

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Rubio shot back Monday, tweeting, “This ‘dual loyalty’ canard is a typical anti-Semitic line. #BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel.”

He further pointed out to Tlaib that “if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected.”

The Florida Republican also described Sanders’ tweet regarding the legislation as “a lie.”

“My bill doesn’t punish any political activity. It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel,” Rubio wrote.

Additionally, Rubio accused certain Senate Democrats of not wanting to move his bill to the floor because a “significant” number of them support BDS and the party’s leaders don’t want that exposed.

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Democrat Sen. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, who like Rubio is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, disputed his Republican colleague’s assertion that there is significant support for the BDS movement among Democrats.

“I hope a staffer wrote this tweet and when you see it you take it down,” Murphy tweeted on Monday. “You know it isn’t true that ‘a significant # of Senate Dems support BDS.’ Really dangerous to play politics w support for Israel.”

Do agree with Rubio that Tlaib is using anti-Semitic rhetoric?

Tlaib told The Intercept last month that she plans to lead a congressional delegation to the West Bank, as a rebuke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s trip for new members to Israel.

“I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided,” she said. “(They) have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”

Tlaib made headlines on Thursday by calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, while describing him as a “motherf—er.”

The newly minted lawmaker’s antipathy toward Trump might arise, at least in part, from his strong support for Israel.

He has been described as among the most pro-Israel presidents ever, particularly following his decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last spring.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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