Tlaib: ‘People hear you differently’ when you’re a woman of color and a ‘first’ in Congress

Democratic Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE (Mich.) said in a tweet on Tuesday that the "hardest part of serving in Congress" as a woman of color and one of the first Muslim women to serve is that "people hear you differently."

"No matter how much we take on the hate & stay true to who we are through our experiences, our voices are shushed and reduced," she wrote. "We aren't perfect, but neither is the institution.”

Tlaib didn't write about what triggered her tweet, but it follows a storm of controversy on Monday surrounding Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar condemns use of rubber bullets, tear gas on crowds at George Floyd protest Four Minneapolis officers involved in death of unarmed black man fired Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts MORE (D-Minn.), the other Muslim woman elected to Congress last fall. Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. 

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Omar apologized Monday under a torrent of criticism from fellow Democrats — including a statement from the Democratic leadership team — for tweets that suggested U.S. lawmakers are pro-Israel because they are motivated by money. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democrats criticized her for using "anti-Semitic tropes and and prejudicial accusations."

Both lawmakers have come under criticism since joining Congress. 

Tlaib has captured a slew of critical headlines since being sworn into office, starting with her vowing to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE hours after being sworn in, saying: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf---er.”

She later received criticism over comments she made about Israel that critics have argued are anti-Semitic.

Tlaib represents Michigan's 13th Congressional District and is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress. Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress.