- A contingent of House Republicans broke ranks, siding with Democrats to thwart Marjorie Taylor Greene’s resolution to censure Rashida Tlaib.
- Tlaib, an outspoken critic of Israel, had called for a ceasefire, while leveling grave accusations of “apartheid” and “genocide” against Israel.
- The resolution was defeated in a 222 to 186 vote, with a notable number of Republicans opposing it.
The halls of Congress witnessed a fracture within the Republican ranks as a number of GOP House members voted alongside Democrats against a resolution that sought to censure Rashida Tlaib for her controversial stance on the Israel-Hamas skirmish.
Introduced by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, the resolution targeted Tlaib’s proposition for a ceasefire and her potent criticism of Israeli policies.
Representative Tlaib, who has frequently found herself at odds with proponents of Israel, championed a resolution last month that underscored the sanctity of human life and condemned the targeting of civilians — a resolution that dovetailed with her accusation of Israel as an “apartheid” state and perpetrating “genocide” against Palestinians.
This accusation comes against the backdrop of a conflict characterized by the deadliest militant attack by Hamas on Israel to date, prompting an unprecedented retaliatory strike by Israel on Gaza. The hostilities resulted in a heavy toll on human life, with casualty figures escalating on both sides.
In an effort to hold Tlaib accountable, Greene’s resolution denounced Tlaib for “antisemitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations and leading an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex.”
This latter charge referenced Tlaib’s address at a Capitol rally advocating for peace amid the ongoing strife.
Defying expectations of a party-line vote, the motion was derailed with the help of 23 Republican lawmakers, rendering the attempt to censure Tlaib unsuccessful.
The unexpected GOP defectors were publicly identified by Greene, who shared the voting roll on X.
List of feckless Republicans that voted WITH Democrats to table my censure resolution against Rashida Tlaib.
This is why Republicans NEVER do anything to stop the communists Democrats or ever hold anyone accountable!!
1/2 pic.twitter.com/J8cNqzdC6T— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 1, 2023
The list of Republicans included:
- Kelly Armstrong (ND)
- Ken Buck (CO)
- Chuck Edwards (NC)
- Morgan Griffith (VA)
- Glenn Grothman (WI)
- Hageman (WY)
- Darrell Issa (CA)
- Dusty Johnson (SD)
- Doug LaMalfa (CA)
- Thomas Massie (KY)
- Tom McClintock (CA)
- Richard McCormick (GA)
- Max Miller (OH)
- Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA)
- Chip Roy (TX)
- Austin Scott (GA)
- Victoria Spartz (IN)
- Mike Turner (OH)
- Derrick Van Orden (WI)
- Tim Walberg (MI)
- John Moolenaar (MI)
- Bill Huizenga (MI)
- John Duarte (CA)
Greene later noted that Rep. Derrick Van Orden “changed his vote in the record.”
In response to the censure attempt, Tlaib said, “I am proud to stand in solidarity with Jewish peace advocates calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence. I will not be bullied, I will not be dehumanized, and I will not be silenced.”
She further stated, “I will continue to call for ceasefire, for the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, for the release of hostages and those arbitrarily detained, and for every American to be brought home.”
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