President Trump was far from impressed with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), after she held an emotional press conference with Ilhan Omar on Monday, Aug. 20, in which the pair condemned Israel for blocking the duo’s planned trip. Referring to Tlaib as an anti-Semite the following day, the president refused to believe her response was genuine, saying he doesn’t “buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears.”
“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness, and most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!” the president tweeted.
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Last week Israel refused entry to the two Muslim lawmakers, owing to their support of boycotts against Israel, and after asking for and obtaining permission on humanitarian grounds to visit her grandmother on the West Bank, she then changed her mind, apparently refusing to abide by the restrictions imposed by the Israeli government on promoting boycotts.
At Monday’s press conference, the pair condemned Israel for not allowing their visit, and Tlaib described what it was like to visit Jerusalem as a child, “As a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American,” she said. Speaking of her recent dialogue with her grandmother whom she had planned to visit, she became tearful, “She said I’m her dream manifested. I’m her free bird so why would I come back and be caged and bow down?” Omar then interjected, “What I tell Rashida all the time is that you don’t ever allow people to enjoy your tears. I say that all the time. There are so many people invested in our pain, in our struggle, in seeing us broken.”
Omar said lawmakers “have a responsibility to conduct oversight over our government’s foreign policy and what happens with the millions of dollars we send in aid.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after citing the duo’s itinerary to his country, the “sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.” Their trip was also supported by Miftah, a Palestinian organization that supports Israeli boycotts, and referred to suicide bombers as “sacrificing their lives for the cause.”
The White House was critical of the two, and spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement, “Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts, and anti-Semitic relationships. Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country—and Democrats’ pointless congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), spoke with “Fox & Friends” on Monday, “These two members were going, they were claiming to be representatives of the U.S. government, but they were seeking to undercut U.S. foreign policy and not represent our actual stance as a government.”