Tlaib says Trump wanted 'to distract us' with attacks on squad

Tlaib says Trump wanted 'to distract us' with attacks on squad
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.) said in an interview with the podcast “Authentically Detroit” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE’s recent attacks on her and three other progressive first-term congresswomen were intended “to distract us.” 

Tlaib argued that while Trump is escalating attacks on her, as well as on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTrump praises Kavanaugh as a 'great, brilliant man,' blasts NYT over 'smear' report at rally Pressley to introduce resolution to open impeachment inquiry against Kavanaugh Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video MORE (D-Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.), he is also "behind the scenes trying to change asylum laws."

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“He’s also behind the scenes trying to disenfranchise communities of color by deregulating the [Environmental Protection Agency],” Tlaib added, also citing Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census. “There are things being done right now to distract us.”

Tlaib added that it was “unbelievable” that she was not being asked about specific legislation such as a bill recently passed by the House to double the minimum wage to $15.

The congresswoman, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, also addressed the “squad” nickname applied to the four and repeated a sentiment from her address to the NAACP’s national convention, saying, “If you’re for equity and justice, then you are the squad too.”

Tlaib also reaffirmed her support for impeachment, noting the 95 members who recently voted for articles of impeachment in the House.

“This is not only a failed presidency. It’s the fact that this hate agenda, this lawless approach is seeping into policymaking,” she said, citing recent votes to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Group sues Trump administration for info related to 'attempts to politicize NOAA' NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet MORE in contempt.

Impeachment, Tlaib said, was not a distraction or a separate issue from her job as a member of Congress because “you can’t ask us to do our job as a coequal branch of government if this president thinks himself above the law.”