U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) fired back at President Donald Trump’s attacks on her and other progressive congresswoman with a stinging column in the Washington Post on Tuesday, the day of the first Democratic presidential debate in her hometown.
Tlaib kicks off her op-ed thusly:
President Trump has found new targets for his harmful distraction through unhinged tweets and speeches: me and some of my colleagues in the U.S. House. You all know what he said: We do not love this country. He told us, in effect, to go back where we came from. (I actually go home to Detroit every week.) He has even gone so far as to call me a “crazed lunatic.”
This behavior is sadly familiar — almost every day, he disgraces his office with rhetoric rooted in hate. He did it again this weekend when he trashed the city of Baltimore. While my colleagues and I work on ways to improve the lives of our constituents, he is focused on a hate agenda for our country.
Tlaib and her fellow first-year members of Congress known as the “Squad” — U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — have been constant Trump targets in recent weeks.
The president has unloaded racist attacks on Twitter and in public forums, including telling the lawmakers to “go back” to where they came from, even though three were born in the United States.
In her column, Tlaib echoed a sentiment she shared with the Michigan Advance during an April interview following a death threat, promising to “outwork the hate.”
“While Trump tweets, I will work for the people who sent me here and to ensure they — and all other Americans — have someone who isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. Hateful, bigoted or racist tweets won’t stop me, nor will they stop our democracy,” she writes.
“I will always outwork the hate. My district and country depend on it.”
Tlaib is the second Michigan member of Congress to grace the Washington Post’s editorial page in recent months with a strong message for Trump.
On July 4, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township declared he was leaving the GOP and becoming an independent. Amash blasted partisanship writ large, but saved his sharpest criticism for Trump, whose impeachment the congressman supports.