Rashida Tlaib Thinks People Being Mean to Her on Twitter is 'Domestic Terrorism'
Rep. Rashida Tlaib expressed emotion during a committee hearing addressing white supremacy on Tuesday when she read aloud a death threat she received after the New Zealand mosque attacks.
The Michigan Democrat, who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, held back tears as she read the hateful screed and pleaded with an FBI official to take action.
“‘This is a great start, let’s hope and pray it continues here in the good old USA. The only good Muslim is a dead one,’” Tlaib said, reading the letter she received.
“We get so many of them, and I keep asking, ‘What happens?’ ‘What happens to these individuals?’ I’m really sincere. I’m a mother. I want to go home to my two boys,” she added.
Tlaib said President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security were copied on the letter sent to her office and that the incident should be classified as terrorism.
“How is that not enough to fall under domestic terrorism, if they’re targeting solely based on my faith and others in saying ‘a good Muslim is a dead one’ obviously directed to me,” Tlaib said.
FBI assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity was testifying at the committee and said he empathized with the congresswoman and said Congress can work with the Justice Department on domestic terrorism legislation.