Greene to reintroduce Tlaib censure resolution after genocide comments

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) pledged to reintroduce a measure to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Saturday after the Michigan congresswoman said President Biden is “supporting the genocide of the Palestinian people” with his backing of Israel’s war in Gaza.

Greene’s first measure, also centered on Tlaib’s comments critical of the Israeli government, failed in a House vote this week after 23 Republicans sided with all Democrats to shelve the attempt.

In her pledge to censure Tlaib, Greene specifically included comments Tlaib made Saturday calling for “peaceful coexistence” between Palestinians and Israelis.

“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” Tlaib said on X, formerly Twitter. “My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity.”

Greene described those comments as “calls for the genocide of our great friend and ally Israel.”

She also specifically called out the 23 Republicans who sided with Tlaib in the first censure vote.

“They censured Adam Schiff so they should be able to vote to censure her,” she said. “Terrorist Tlaib should be expelled but let’s see if we can at least censure her.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was censured in June over comments critical of former President Trump. That effort, just like Greene’s effort now, was denounced by Democrats as political theater.

Earlier Saturday, Tlaib went after Biden for his administration’s continued support for the Israeli war effort in Gaza.

The Biden administration has strongly backed Israel in its conflict against Hamas, including pledging billions in aid for the country. In recent days, the administration has called for a “humanitarian pause” in the war in order to assist Gaza civilians.

“Mr. President, the American people are not with you on this one,” Tlaib said. “We will remember in 2024.”

Tlaib, who is of Palestinian heritage and is one of just three Muslims in Congress, is one of the loudest voices in Congress in favor of a full cease-fire in the Middle Eastern conflict. Over a dozen House Democrats, Tlaib included, signed a resolution backing a cease-fire last month.

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