Several Republicans joined Democrats in voting to introduce a resolution criticizing Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The resolution was introduced by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, and Tlaib released one last week opinion described it as “unhinged” and “deeply Islamophobic.”
part of the criticism resolution claimed that Tlaib “led an insurrection at the United States Capitol complex on October 18, 2023,” a point that some Republican lawmakers took issue with.
“The protesters on January 6th were not insurrectionists, and those led by Rep. Tlaib were not insurrectionists either. I voted to file a motion of censure against Rep. Tlaib, in part because it was modeled after legislation that condemned J6 protesters. “Also: Free speech means protecting even the speech you don’t like,” said Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted.
Rep. Chip Roy of Texas called the resolution is “nonsensical”.
“Rep. Rashida Tlaib has repeatedly made outrageous comments against Israel and the Jewish people. “Your conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress and certainly deserves condemnation – if not censure,” Roy noted in a statement.
“However, tonight’s senseless decision to censure Tlaib was deeply flawed and made legally and factually unsubstantiated allegations, including the claim that he led an ‘insurrection.’ I voted in favor of submitting the resolution. In January 2021, the legal term “insurrection” was expanded and abused “Many are following the events at the Capitol. We should not continue to perpetuate claims of an ‘insurrection’ at the Capitol and should not misuse the term now,” Roy concluded.
While it appears there are 23 Republicans in the House of Representatives Voted To disregard the censure resolution, Representative Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, who voted to advance the resolution, has indicated that he has changed his vote in favor of the resolution. So it appears that there were 22 Republican representatives who supported the filing of the resolution.
“Tonight I accidentally voted to file the motion to censure Rep. Tlaib, who has been a vocal supporter of the terrorist organization Hamas. As soon as I realized my mistake, I changed my vote to express that I do not support anti-Semites anywhere, especially not in Congress,” a tweet Posted on the Van Orden press office’s X account.
Greene called the Republicans who voted to advance the resolution “nonsensical.”
“This is why Republicans NEVER do anything to stop the communist Democrats or ever hold anyone accountable!! PATHETIC,” she said tweeted.
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