- Florida Democrat Rep. Jared Moskowitz calls for potential censure of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over her Israel statements.
- Tlaib made claims that were later disputed by U.S. intelligence.
- Moskowitz emphasized the importance of trusting U.S. intelligence over Hamas.
A Florida Democrat has thrown his weight behind calls for the House to take disciplinary action against Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Why? Her remarks concerning Israel which have stirred up a hornet’s nest in the political arena.
On Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Kayleigh McEnany brought forward Tlaib’s contentious statement: “Media outlets and third-party analysts have raised doubts about claims and evidence offered by both Israel and the Gaza Ministry of Health, and I agree with the United Nations that an independent investigation is necessary.”
Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that. @POTUS this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate.
Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many… https://t.co/mZYoifT7bj— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) October 17, 2023
Notably, Tlaib further escalated the issue by tweeting an unverified claim about an Israeli attack on a hospital, alleging a death toll of 500 Palestinians.
McEnany didn’t mince her words when she confronted Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) on the matter.
She posed, “You know, Congressman Moskowitz, you tweeted that your Democratic colleagues who blamed Israel should take down their post and Ilhan Omar did that. However, far from taking down the post, Rashida Tlaib is doubling down. Should there be some sort of punishment?”
Moskowitz’s response was telling: “Look, Congress is unified in its support of Israel. I continue to be disappointed in members of Congress who are not willing to listen to U.S. intelligence and listen to the Biden administration, who have said Israel had nothing to do with the issue that happened in the parking lot of the hospital. Let’s remember, the hospital wasn’t hit. The hospital is still there. It’s the parking lot of the hospital.”
He did not hold back in his criticism.
“That was the first lie that was told. The second lie that was told was that over 500 people died there. There’s no proof of that. And the third lie that was told was that it was Israel. All of those things have turned out to be inaccurate.”
Turning the discussion toward potential actions against Tlaib, McEnany inquired about Congress’s power to censure, reprimand, or punish members.
Moskowitz firmly stated, “Oh, listen, I think once we get a House speaker here, I think that censure resolution will come to the floor. And I do think it’s something that everyone should consider. This is about U.S. intelligence. This is about not willing to trust the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence, but instead continuing to pretend like the Ministry of Health out of Gaza is nothing other than a terrorist organization telling people what we want to hear.”
Highlighting the dangers of this narrative, Moskowitz lamented the media’s role and the antisemitic undertones he perceived, saying, “It’s been disgusting, what happened in that hospital issue with the media was disgusting, it exposed all sorts of antisemitism.”
He continued, “Why does there continue to be a double standard when it comes to Israel? We know why: It’s because people are anti-Semitic in the world.”
McEnany, nodding in agreement, simply replied, “They are.”
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