Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears

President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE on Tuesday ramped up his attacks on Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE after the Michigan Democrat got emotional at a press conference criticizing Israel over its decision to bar her from entering the country last week.

"Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears," Trump tweeted after Tlaib spoke out the previous day about Israel's decision. "I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears?"

Trump again claimed that Tlaib "hates Israel and all Jewish people," and called her an "anti-Semite."

The president has repeatedly attacked Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 Sharpton eulogizes Daunte Wright: 'Tags of racism' have expired MORE (D-Minn.) after the two congresswomen were denied entry to Israel for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country. Trump had suggested Israel would look "weak" if it allowed the congresswomen to enter.


Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and an outspoken Trump critic, later requested and was granted a waiver to visit her grandmother in the West Bank. She reversed course a day later after speaking with her family and announced she would not go.

Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday denouncing Israel's decision to bar them from the country. Tlaib teared up as she spoke about growing up in Israel and recounting her family's experiences.

"As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and proud American," Tlaib said, becoming emotional.

Omar suggested that lawmakers reconsider the annual U.S. aid allocated to Israel after they were prohibited from entering.

Trump's tweets on Tuesday came after coverage of the press conference played out on Fox News throughout the morning.

Tlaib and Omar have been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes in speaking critically of Israel.

Omar drew criticism when she suggested lawmakers support Israel because of money from lobbyists and was rebuked again when she claimed those who back the territory harbor “dual loyalty.”

Tlaib has supported the BDS movement and drew backlash from conservatives earlier this year for comments about the Holocaust when she said it gave her a “calming feeling” to think of persecuted Jews finding safe haven in Israel.

The president and his allies have sought to elevate Tlaib, Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Genetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Advocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict MORE (D-Mass.) as the faces of the Democratic Party. Trump often singles the congresswomen out at rallies, and sparked a firestorm last month when he said the four — all U.S. citizens — should "go back" to their countries.