Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has been criticized on both sides of the aisle, and now a House Democrat has spoken up.
During an appearance on Fox News, Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) responded to Tlaib’s comments regarding the hospital incident in Gaza.
Host Kayleigh McEnany asked, “You know, Congressman Moskowitz, you tweeted that your Democratic colleagues who blamed Israel should take down their post and Ilhan Omar did that. However, far from taking down the post, Rashida Tlaib is doubling down. Should there be some sort of punishment? We know Congress has the ability to censure should Republicans ever get a House speaker?”
“Thanks, Kayleigh. Thanks for bringing this up and keeping this on the forefront. Look, Congress is unified in its support of Israel,” Moskowitz said.
“I continue to be disappointed in members of Congress who are not willing to listen to U.S. intelligence and listen to the Biden administration, who have said Israel had nothing to do with the issue that happened in the parking lot of the hospital. Let’s remember, the hospital wasn’t hit. The hospital is still there. It’s the parking lot of the hospital,” the Democrat Congressman added.
“That was the first lie that was told. The second lie that was told was that over 500 people died there. There’s no proof of that. And the third lie that was told was that it was Israel. All of those things have turned to be turned out to be inaccurate. U.S. intelligence is saying that. And any member of Congress who continues to trust Hamas’s information over U.S. information is obviously deeply concerning.”
McEnany then asked if he supported censuring the Michigan Congresswoman.
“Oh, listen, I think once we get a House speaker here, I think that censure resolution will come to the floor. And I do think it’s something that everyone should consider,” Moskowitz said. “This is about U.S. intelligence. This is about U.S. information. This is about not willing to trust the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence, but instead continuing to pretend like the Ministry of Health out of Gaza is nothing other than a terrorist organization telling people what we want to hear. We just heard the leader of Hamas talking about genocide. I mean, good God, it is propaganda to the 10th degree. And people have to stop buying it and they have to listen to the facts.”
“And the media needs to stop propelling it, as we’ve seen from several outlets,” McEnany added.
“It’s been disgusting, what happened in the hospital issue with the media was disgusting, it exposed all kinds of antisemitism, I guess we can dispel with the lie Jews control media,” Moskowitz said.
After the GOP finally approved a Speaker of the House a resolution was passed to condemn Hamas. Ten members of the House voted “nay” and six voted present.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie did explain his vote:
I condemn the barbaric attack on Israel and I affirm Israel’s right to defend itself.
However, I will not be voting for House Resolution 771 today because:
1) It calls for sanctions on a sovereign country. Sanctions are a prelude to war and hurt the citizens of the country more than the government of the country that’s being sanctioned. And ultimately, sanctions create laws that will be used to prosecute American citizens (who engage in trade), not citizens of the sanctioned country. In short, sanctions do not achieve their stated purposes but do breed resentment of our country abroad.
2) It asserts the necessity of foreign aid commitments which I have voted against. Our country is going bankrupt and we can’t afford to borrow money to send overseas, yet this resolution states that we should.
3) It contains an open-ended promise of military support that is so broad that it could be interpreted to commit US soldiers to the conflict. US troops should not be engaged in this conflict.
4) It tends to broaden the conflict to other countries when it would be better to keep the war contained geographically.
NEW: 10 members of the House voted “nay” on a resolution to condemn Hamas attacks on Israel today. 6 voted “present”. Passed overwhelmingly 412-10.
Nay votes (10)
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
Rep. Summer Lee…
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) October 25, 2023