Florida official formally reprimanded for saying Tlaib might ‘blow up’ Capitol

Stefani Reynolds

A South Florida official was formally reprimanded by her colleagues Wednesday for calling U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) an anti-Semite who might “blow up Capitol Hill.”

Anabelle Lima-Taub, a city commissioner for Hallandale Beach in Broward County, was censured for her viral post about the Muslim and Palestinian-American lawmaker, The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

{mosads}Commissioners Michele Lazarow, Mike Butler and Sabrina Javellana officially condemned their colleague in a 3-2 vote for promoting bigotry, fueling hatred and creating a hostile environment for the region’s Muslim community.

Lima-Taub and Mayor Joy Adams voted against the measure.

In the heated meeting, Lima-Taub was unapologetic and accused her colleagues and reporters for leading to her “demise.”

“Tonight might very well be my last night alive,” she said.

Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, told the commission that she has received death threats following her remarks about Tlaib, and she denied hating Muslims.

“I never ever mentioned Muslim or Islam,” she said. “I repeat, I never ever mentioned Muslim or Islam. I do not hate or discriminate against any group, including Islam.”

Lazarow said during the meeting that Lima-Taub had harmed the city’s reputation.

“You have managed to bring together a cadre of organizations and groups that rarely align,” Lazarow said. “This controversy has brought out hate like none I have ever seen before.”

Roughly 200 people were on site for the commission meeting, and extra police were on the scene to control the crowds, the Sun Sentinel reported. Lima-Taub’s supporters at one point chanted “USA USA USA!” and tried to drown out their opponents with loud boos.

Denzel McCampbell, a spokesman for Tlaib, commended the commission for its formal reprimand.

“It is our hope that [Lima-Taub’s] community holds her accountable and encourages her to accept that our country is made up of all different faiths and ethnicities,” McCampbell told the Sun Sentinel. “It is what makes America unique and special.”

Lima-Taub faced backlash after she went after Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, on social media.

The commissioner signed an online petition seeking to remove Tlaib from office after the lawmaker vowed to go after President Trump and “impeach the motherf—er,” the Sun Sentinel first reported.

Lima-Taub then shared the petition in a now-deleted post on her personal Facebook page.

“A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill,” Lima-Taub reportedly wrote.

Tlaib later decried the “hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric” against her.

“This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum — this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter.

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