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 TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.) said in an interview with the podcast “Authentically Detroit” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThere's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE (D-Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat 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 BarrBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help campaign MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis Ross2020 census to run ads on 'Premio lo Nuestro' Can the US slap tariffs on auto imports? Not anymore On The Money: Slowing economy complicates 2020 message for Trump | Tech confronts growing impact of coronavirus | Manufacturing rises after five-month contraction 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.”