Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D-) called on Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to retract viral remarks she made Friday about the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The congresswoman criticized the Biden administration’s support for Israel in the war, saying the president “supports the genocide of the Palestinian people.” Tlaib has received criticism since her comments, including from Nessel, who put online asking him to withdraw his statements.
“I have supported and defended you countless times, even when you said the indefensible, because I believe you are a good person whose heart was in the right place,” Nessel said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
“But it’s so hurtful to a lot of people.” Please remove his cruel and hateful remark,” Nessel continued.
Tlaib’s message Friday called for a ceasefire and was a message to Biden that a “majority of Americans” disagree with his support for Israel.
“From the river to the sea, there is an ambitious call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction or hatred. » Tlaib posted. “My work and advocacy is always focused on justice and dignity for all, regardless of faith or ethnicity. »
Nessel’s comment related to a message from Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Mich.) responding to Tlaib’s statement and accusing the representative of overusing the phrase “from the river to the sea.” Moss claimed the militant group Hamas used the phrase as a rallying cry.
“They don’t just want to displace Jews from Israel. They want the Jews dead. » he posted on.
Presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) also » Tlaib jabbed for his comment. He called for the Michigan congresswoman to be expelled from Congress for her comments.
Tlaib survived an attempted no-confidence vote over similar comments criticizing the Israeli government. Twenty-three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the measure this week.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) committed to reintroducing the measure to censure Tlaib after her comments on Saturday, calling the Michigan Democrat a terrorist for her comments calling for “peaceful coexistence” between Palestinians and Israelis.
The Biden administration has supported Israel in its war against Hamas, including promising billions in aid. Most recently, the administration called for a “humanitarian pause” to protect civilians trapped in Gaza.
Tlaib was one of the few — and most vocal — members of Congress to call for a ceasefire.
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