Rashida Tlaib tears up during hearing on white supremacy reading death threats sent to her

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) teared up during a hearing Tuesday as she read death threats that her office has received since she entered Congress.

The freshman lawmaker, who is Muslim, choked up as she read an excerpt from one message that praised the New Zealand mosque shooting and wished for an attack in the United States.

“This is a great start. Let’s hope and pray that it continues here in the good old USA. The only good Muslim is a dead one,” Tlaib read, choking up.{mosads}

Tlaib read the threats amid calls from fellow Democrats for a greater federal focus on combating white supremacy and potential domestic terrorism.

Tuesday’s hearing of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties was titled “Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response.”

The Michigan Democrat and other members of Congress addressed FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials at the hearing.

“How is that not enough to fall under domestic terrorism if they’re targeting solely based on my faith and others’ in saying ‘a good Muslim is a dead one’ obviously directed to me?” Tlaib asked.

The freshman representative made history in 2018 by becoming the first Palestinian American Congresswoman. Along with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), she was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. 

Tlaib said that the president, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were copied on the threat her office received.

“What happens? What happens to these individuals?” she asked. “I’m being sincere.” 

“I’m a mother. I want to go home to my two boys,” Tlaib added.

During the hearing Tuesday, the FBI said it takes threats posed by domestic terrorism and hate crimes “very seriously” and will continue to investigate incidents, according to a copy of the testimony made available online.

Democrats have sought to put a focus on the Trump administration’s handling of domestic extremist threats, as the FBI reported a 30 to 40 percent rise in such cases since October, according to ABC News

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