Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said, “White supremacy kills,” in a Tweet referring to an assault by two African Americans in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Dec.10.
After she found out the race of the perpetrators of the massacre, Tlaib deleted the tweet but did not admit her mistake, nor did she send messages condemning the killers or expressing condolences to the victims’ relatives.
The assault took place in a Kosher store, in which three civilians and a police officer were killed, and also the criminals were killed after being shot by the police.
“We believe the suspects had opinions that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as hatred of the security forces,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, according to The Washington Post.
One of the assailants allegedly published anti-Semitic and anti-police texts in the social media and maintained links with the Israelite Black Hebrew movement, a group that believes that “blacks are the true descendants of biblical Jews,” but is not related to Judaism.
On the other hand, Joy Behar, co-host of “The View”, also referred to criminals as ‘white nationalists’.
“Yes,” Behar said. “You will concede that the nationals — these white nationalists have been let out of their holes,” he said in response to an intervention by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by Daily Caller.
Tlaib has intervened in similar incidents, including the one involving African American actor Jussie Smollett, who pretended to have been attacked by two white supporters of President Donald Trump.
“When one of the most famous black and gay men in America is not safe, the message is clearer than it has ever been. The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people,” Tlaib wrote.
“Thinking of you @JussieSmollett, and my LGBTQ neighbors,” she said.
The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett for pretending to be a victim of the alleged racist and homophobic attack. The agents spent 1,800 hours investigating the false assault. The cost could reach $390,000.