Byron Donalds Signals ‘YES’ Vote on Rashida Tlaib Censure
Florida U.S. Rep Byron Donalds signaled Friday that he will vote in favor of a resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (R-MI) for her support of Hamas and promotion of “antisemitic activity” in the U.S. Capitol.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene filed the resolution on Thursday–just one day after the U.S. House resumed work under newly-elected speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA). In a statement on the House floor, Greene said that her resolution was in response to Tlaib promoting “antisemitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations and leading an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex.”
“I have no personal animus towards Rep. Tlaib, but frankly, her recent commentary towards Israel has been vile,” Donalds said Friday in a statement posted to X.
“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East. Hamas is barbaric terrorist organization that beheaded babies. If a censure vote hits the floor, I will be voting YES.”
Earlier, Donalds spoke to reporters and said that while he is “cordial” with the Michigan Congresswoman, he unequivocally condemned her recent comments.
“Her comments have been violent. Hamas beheaded babies. What’re we talking about? When I see Rashida I talk to her, I say hello, I have no personal animosity towards Rashida at all,” Donalds told reporters. “But her commentary towards our greatest ally in the region? Cmon. If that hits the floor, I’m voting yes.”
I have no personal animus towards Rep. Tlaib but frankly her recent commentary towards Israel has been vile.
Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East.
Hamas is a barbaric terrorist organization that beheaded babies.
If a censure vote hits the floor, I will be voting YES. pic.twitter.com/Z37UJcVbUF
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) October 27, 2023
While most Democrats have supported Israel in the ongoing war against Hamas, Tlaib has refused to criticize the terror group. She was one of nine Democrats to vote against a resolution condemning Hamas, including fellow “Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush.
“The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance,” Tlaib remarked this week.
“The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer.”
Tlaib has also come under fire for hanging a Palestinian flag outside of her Congressional office and for leading a group of pro-Hamas protesters into the U.S. Capitol.
WATCH: Rep. Rashida Tlaib PANICS at MELTS DOWN into hysterical fit at reporter after being asked if she will denounce Hamas, accuses him of “dehumanizing Palestinians”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 27, 2023
On Friday, U.S. Senator Rick Scott also weighed in on the resolution and called for Tlaib to be censured for her comments. In an interview with the Floridian Press, Scott said,
“I cannot believe that there are members of the House that are paid for by your tax dollars that want to go and support somebody that murders babies. Someone that rapes teenage girls, someone that takes Israeli and American hostages, and basically, they support what Hamas is doing,”
“I think if you support Hamas, I do not know why you should be in Congress,” Scott told the outlet before adding, “It is real simple. I do not care where it is: If Americans are held hostage, it is part of our military’s responsibility to bring them home.”
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