Democrat Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was draped in a Palestinian flag as she celebrated her primary victory with supporters in August. On Tuesday night Tlaib handily won with over 90 percent of the vote the general election for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District seat vacated by John Conyers’ resignation last December.
Tlaib proudly spoke of her relatives up before dawn in the West Bank watching on TV as their granddaughter was elected to Congress. The crowd responded with ululating.
Video of Tlaib’s speech was posted to Twitter by law professor Khaled Beydoun Tuesday night without clarification that it was from August.
This is History. Watch every second of this.
Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian and Muslim American congresswomen, proclaims victory.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 7, 2018
Proud Palestinian American Woman <3
Rashida Tlaib words on her Democratic primary win on her way to become the first Muslim Palestinian congresswoman in the history of the United States. Michigan!
“A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian.”
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 8, 2018
Tlaib said of her relatives, “I want them to know, you know, as I uplift the families of the 13th Congressional District, I’ll uplift them every single day being who I am as a proud Palestinian-American, a woman Muslim. I want to thank you so much because for so many years they felt dehumanized and I tell you as a Palestinian, I mean, you know, a lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian. But I can tell you my mother’s, like the compassion this woman has, that is in me. She smiles every single time as she–this woman doesn’t even understand when people are being racist to her. Because she believes that people can be better and she is an inspiration to me in so many ways…”
“Ms. Tlaib, a former Michigan state legislator, Detroit native and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was so cautious about celebrating her victory that she waited until every vote was counted — and long after The Associated Press had called the race in her favor — to begin her celebrations at almost 3 a.m.
“That meant the crowd had thinned significantly from the dozens who attended her earlier results watch party, but those who stayed until the early morning saw a special sight: a room of largely Arab-American immigrants emotionally celebrating an American democracy that has, in their view, been hostile to their existence and identity.
A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian,” she said at one point. Ms. Tlaib’s mother draped her in the Palestinian flag as she spoke.”
And yes, Tlaib hates President Trump, “Trump haulting aid & closing the Palestinian Aid Office is reckless & inhumane. Donald’s move confirms his hatred of people that don’t look like him. I hope future members of Congress will join me in denouncing this irresponsible act by
Trump haulting aid & closing the Palestinian Aid Office is reckless & inhumane. Donald’s move confirms his hatred of people that don’t look like him. I hope future members of Congress will join me in denouncing this irresponsible act by @realdonaldtrump. pic.twitter.com/vDfbK6T4rZ
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 10, 2018
Tlaib is also anti-Israel, criticizing Sen. Kamala Harris in 2017 for meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “.
@KamalaHarris I am one of your supporters & donors. Hoping you are still part of the resistance to racism against ALL people. This picture says otherwise.”
Adam met a compassionate president yesterday. I told Pres. @BarackObama that Adam wants to be a meteorologist. He smiled at Adam & said, “Well I would believe your forecasts.” The smile on Adam’s face was priceless. A Pres that helps our children believe! 2020 is not close enough pic.twitter.com/azBERo4tJA
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) October 27, 2018
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 21, 2017
Tlaib will be joined in Congress by fellow Democrat Muslim woman Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s newly elected Congresswoman for the fifth Congressional District.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) November 7, 2018
Democrats Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota both won their races for House seats, becoming the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. #Midterms2018 https://t.co/lqQCTOiorM pic.twitter.com/016pclsLlr
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 7, 2018
HISTORIC FIRSTS: Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar will become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, CNN projects https://t.co/hsLAPyzaQb #CNNElection pic.twitter.com/nDsrIxXjl3
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 7, 2018
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 15, 2018