Rashida Tlaib, one of “The Squad” members in the House is confused. She believes that she doesn’t have freedom of speech…
Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right in the United States. It allows us to articulate our opinions without censorship, legal sanction, or retaliation. It’s what makes our country so great. We can say what we want when we want…with very few asterisks to the rule.
The Democratic Representative tweeted out to 1.4 million followers on Twitter that “Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress.”
By being able to tweet out to over a million people, she should realize that she has the freedom to say whatever she wants.
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
Yet, she continues. Not only does she believe she doesn’t have freedom of speech, but she also believes that the “benefit of the doubt” doesn’t exist for her or other Muslim women in Congress, either.
All of this is because she decided that she wanted to defend Ilhan Omar, a fellow House Democrat. Omar was condemned by House Democrats when she falsely tried to compare the U.S. and Israel to groups such as the Taliban and Hamas. The latter groups engage in terrorist activities.
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Omar clarified that her statement wasn’t meant to equivocate.
That doesn’t matter. Tlaib wants to get mad at anyone for anything, so she jumped in to defend Omar even after Omar didn’t need anyone to defend her.
It looks as though Tlaib wants to take aim, too. In her tweet, she says “House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone” that is responsible for policing Congresswomen of color.
Yikes. That looks like a direct jab toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s been clear for a while that Pelosi and AOC, the leader of “The Squad” don’t get along. Now, it has become clear that Pelosi doesn’t get along with any of its members.
What exactly did Omar say that got her into so much trouble? Did it really mean that her freedom of speech was taken away?
Well, she tweeted out to say that “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
She certainly had the ability to say it. And it led to thousands of likes and thousands of comments. Twitter didn’t take it down. No one in the House made her take it down.
She said it and she had to live with those comments.
She did make the comparison by comparing actions taken by the U.S. to be similar to the actions taken by the Taliban and Hamas. She’s wrong – and as a Representative of the U.S., she should know better.
Tlaib is simply an angry person. She doesn’t like when people have a differing opinion than she does. She could have easily let things go. After all, the House leadership wasn’t coming after her.
Omar had already apologized and identified her true meaning. Omar wasn’t upset with having to live with the consequences of her words.
Tlaib, however, wants to blow everything to epic proportion.
Being condemned for comments made on Twitter is hardly the same as not having freedom of speech. As a House Representative, Tlaib should know this better than almost anyone. Yet, she’ll say it because she knows that it will stir the pot. She wants everyone to feel sorry for her.
Tlaib has taken her position for granted. She’s a female Muslim in Congress. She has proven that there is no racism and that there is no favoritism toward gender. She’s taken incredible steps to ensure that everyone in the country has a voice – including Muslims. Still, that’s not good enough for her.
Freedom of speech is available to everyone. However, as a member of the U.S. government and a representative of so many people, it does warrant a bit of thought before you open your mouth and compare the country you are employed by to a terrorist organization.