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Rashida Tlaib cries on House floor over Ilhan Omar committee denial

By Christopher Kirkman
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February 4, 2023

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) melted down on the House floor ahead of a Republican vote to remove fellow Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar lost her committee role in a 218 to 211 vote along party lines, but not before Tlaib and others bemoaned the move as a move against women of color.

Tlaib's 'white supremacy' speech

"This institution is better because of her leadership and the foreign affairs committee benefits from her perspective," she said. "So let's talk about what's really happening.

"Republicans are waging a blatantly Islamophobic and racist attack on Congresswoman Omar and I've said it before I'll say it again: The white supremacy happening is unbelievable," she added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also blasted Republicans ahead of the vote, referring to the move as targeting women of color.

The New York Democrat offered a heated floor speech that included slamming her notebook on the floor in disgust.

Ocasio-Cortez sounds off

"Consistency? There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack, except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body," she said.

"I had a member of the Republican Caucus threaten my life and the Republican Caucus rewarded him with one of the most prestigious committee assignments in this Congress," the congresswoman added.

Omar responds

Omar personally responded to the vote to remove her from the committee on Thursday.

"My critique of our foreign policy, Israeli’s policy towards Palestinians or that of any foreign nation will not change," the congresswoman tweeted.

"As a person who suffered the horrors of war and persecution, my advocacy will always be for those that suffer because of the actions of governments," she added.

The effort by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to remove the congresswoman was in addition to removing Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee.

The new GOP majority in the House continues to push forward with its agenda, with Omar's committee removal serving as one part of the party's plan to turn America from the Biden administration's leftist agenda.