In an interview with Newsweek magazine, leftist Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), said she does not endorse Joe Biden’s nomination for president, according to Fox News.
The Squad member who endorsed Bernie Sanders’s nomination during the primaries, said when asked if she endorse Biden for president, “He hasn’t called me or anything, but no.”
Rashida explained further, “If the ultimate goal is to get rid of Donald Trump, that doesn’t have to involve me actually endorsing Biden. My constituents don’t need to be bogged down in, ‘Is he the best candidate?’ That’s not what you have to convince my residents.”
While the reasons may appear to be vague, as arguably the simple endorsement could attract votes for the Democratic Party’s candidate, Tlaib said she is now focused on her own re-election.
Brenda Jones, president of Detroit City Council is challenging Tlaib for the seat in the Congress and they have engaged in fierce debate over each other’s weak points, according to the Detroit News.
Jones accused Tlaib of chasing celebrities instead of policy reforms in Washington and spending energy in “other places than the 13th District,” while the Squad member said residents have faced water shut offs, overtaxing under Jones’s leadership and also questions the use of facial recognition technology by the police.
Indeed, Tlaib has become a high-profile politician and the media has given her extensive coverage over her remarks, sometimes extreme, about President Donald Trump. In a video that circulated widely on social media, Tlaib is heard saying to the crowd “We are going to impeach the [expletive removed]” presumably referring to President Donald Trump.
The Squad members’—Tlaib, Rep.Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—notoriety was due to their radical views on issues such as climate change and socialists’ policies. They have also been called out for their anti-Semitism and President Trump at one point suggested the Squad was leading the Democratic Party to the radical left.