Tlaib in WashPo op-ed: Trump has a ‘hate agenda’ for America

    U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and state Rep. Tyrone Carter, April 22, 2019 | Ken Coleman

    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 Donald J. Trump waves Sunday, July 7, 2019, as he prepares to board Air Force One at the Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., for his return to Washington, D.C. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead, Flickr

    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.

    While Trump turns fire toward Tlaib, supporters have her back

    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 responds to death threat, says she must ‘outwork the hate’

    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.

    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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