White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the administration “categorically rejects” the incendiary slogan promoted by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that many feel calls for the eradication of Israel and its Jewish population.
“The Squad” member finally pushed her luck too far when she posted a video to X, formerly Twitter, last Friday, accusing Jean-Pierre’s boss of being complicit in genocide and promoting the phrase “from the river to the sea” which earned her a belated rebuke in the form of a formal bipartisan censure by House lawmakers.
During Wednesday’s daily press briefing, President Joe Biden’s top spox was asked about Tuesday’s successful vote to punish the Israel-hating congresswoman and made it clear that such rhetoric is unacceptable.
WH Press Sec. Jean-Pierre is asked if Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) censure was appropriate:
“I’m not going to speak to actions Congress takes… ‘From the river to the sea,’ it is divisive…many find it antisemitic… We categorically reject applying the term to this conflict.” pic.twitter.com/SCNgKQGugl
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2023
Asked by a reporter whether Biden felt that Tlaib’s comments justified the censure and whether it was appropriate, Jean-Pierre delivered what were the administration’s strongest remarks yet about the left-wing lawmaker’s promotion of an Israeli genocide.
“I’m not going to speak to the actions that Congress takes,” she said. “We’ve been very clear about any other resolutions that include a censure. We’ve been very clear whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat, that is for certainly Congress to take action on and that is their prerogative.”
“When it comes to the phrase that was used from from river to the sea. It is divisive. It is hurtful to many, many find it hurtful, and also many find it anti-Semitic,” she added. “And so obviously, we categorically reject applying the term to this conflict.”
While Tlaib attempted to engage in damage control after she used the phrase in her video, claiming that it’s an “aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence,” and not the rallying cry of Hamas and other anti-Semites for the eradication of the Jewish state and its citizens, few were convinced, least of whom were the 22 members of her own party who were so outraged that they broke with the normal lockstep unity to punish the Jew-hater in their caucus.
Tlaib is unlikely to have learned anything, let alone be deterred from the censure and joined fellow anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to issue a statement railing against what they called a “growing tide of bigoted anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian hate pervading our politics,” referring to a resolution by GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MO) to bar immigration from Palestinian territories.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) November 7, 2023
“Let’s be clear: using the full power of the state to target and persecute a particular ethnic group or nationality is fascism and pure bigotry,” the trio said.
The White House’s strongest words yet about Rep. Tlaib are notable for being spoken despite Biden’s reluctance to alienate Muslim voters ahead of next year’s election.
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