After her swearing-in ceremony, she distinguished herself by proclaiming in front of an adoring crowd, her wishes for President Trump, “We’re going to go in there and impeach the motherf**ker.” Her fans erupted in enthusiastic applause. On January 3, 2019 Rashida Tlaib (pronounced Tla–ib) was one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress, representing the 13th District in Michigan.
Vulgarity is her way of communicating it seems. She once told an interviewer who asked her about her foul language, “that’s how we talk where I live”. And later that year, she told an audience at an NAACP conference, “I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president.” So in addition to being extremely vulgar and lacking in basic manners, her command of English isn’t the best either, although she will tell you she was born here.
And that is not all that describes her. She is an opportunist and a liar. Before her election to Congress, she told Jewish constituents in the district that she favored a two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem. But one week after her election, she made it clear that she really favors a one-state solution – which amounts to a Palestinian state free of Jews – and she said that she supported cutting off financial aid to Israel. She underscored her position by posting a map in her office that showed the Middle East with a post-it note over the part of the map showing Israel – and on the note, with an arrow towards that spot marked “Israel”, she had written ‘Palestine’. Israel, in her mind, doesn’t exist.
As I said, she lies.
So it should come as no surprise that the Office of Congressional Ethics has just referred Tlaib to the House Ethics Committee for campaign finance violations.
An investigation has now been opened and part of the evidence includes messages sent by the Congresswoman asking for money from her campaign to cover personal expenses.
On April 4, 2018, seven months before the election, she wrote, “I am struggling financially right now. … I am sinking . . . . So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one-time payment of 5k.” In fact, Tlaib actually had another job, and she was warned that she had to stop working or risk campaign finance violations. But she ignored the advice, and now, copies of checks and numerous emails and text messages seem to back up OCE’s case.
And if Tlaib did actually use funds from her campaign war chest for personal use, or if her campaign committee spent funds that were not for actual campaign purposes, then it is altogether possible that Congresswoman Tlaib may have violated federal law as well as House rules.
In addition, although this may not be part of the investigation, one $2,500 campaign contribution in 2016 was reported as coming from a wealthy donor who died in 2009. Apparently, this is not an uncommon occurrence. USA Today reported that in the years 2009-2013, 32 dead people donated a total of $586,000 to political candidates.
The irony is difficult to miss. This Congresswoman has been accusing President Trump of corruption since she began running for Congress and hasn’t stopped since.
On March 13, 2019, In These Times published an article, written by Tlaib, in which she wrote, “The president of the United States and his associates are implicated in multiple crimes to get him elected . . . . This corruption in our democracy creates anxiety. That’s why people like me got elected. People want someone who will represent them fearlessly and unapologetically. They want someone to say, ‘That’s wrong. That’s illegal. And we need to fix it right away.’”
And yet, here we are, looking squarely at the self-righteous Congresswoman facing charges of campaign finance violations that she was warned about at the time, yet she ignored.
Rashida Tlaib has shown us that she is vulgar, a fraud, a liar, and an opportunist. She has no business being in Congress, although, sad to say she has plenty of company among the corrupt and dishonest Congressmen she calls her colleagues. Maybe she has found a comfortable home in the swamp . . . or maybe it is just time to send them all packing!