On Thursday Rep. Rashida Tlaib chose to blame white supremacy for Tuesday’s New Jersey shooting that targeted Jews. “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” Tlaib said in a tweet.
But the shooting was carried about by a group called Black Hebrew Israelites, who, it is safe to say, aren’t white supremacists, though they have been labeled a hate group. Tlaib deleted the tweet within 20 minutes of posting it. She is the only member of “the Squad” who even bothered weighing in on the shooting.
Here is a screenshot of the now-deleted tweet:
Tlaib has now deleted this tweet: pic.twitter.com/V6QKk20sSv
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) December 12, 2019
On Wednesday Tlaib responded to the shooting from her congressional Twitter account. “It was beyond heartbreaking to learn of what appears to be another anti-Semitic act of violence. The hate growing in our country is toxic.” That tweet still remains.
It was beyond heartbreaking to learn of what appears to be another anti-Semitic act of violence. The hate growing in our country is toxic. https://t.co/UuRANNA9ZZ
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) December 11, 2019
Tlaib herself has been accused of anti-Semitism, and recently was the keynote speaker at the American Muslims for Palestine’s (AMP) 2020 election conference. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the organization that hosts the conference “traffics in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and… counts among its supporters many who seek Israel’s destruction.”
Even though Tlaib deleted the “white supremacy” tweet, she has not posted a following up acknowledging her error. Apparently, it was only heartbreaking to Tlaib when she thought she could blame it on white supremacists.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis