Freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, are drawing fire from Republicans in their first weeks since taking office.
House GOP leaders condemned the appointment of Omar, a Minnesota progressive, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, pointing to her past criticism of Israel.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) moved last week to try to block Tlaib, who represents a district that includes part of Detroit, from leading a delegation to Palestine. That came after Tlaib drew GOP ire within 24 hours after taking the oath of office this month with a fiery call to “impeach the motherf—r.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who is Jewish, unveiled a resolution this week stating that the House “rejects anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred.” It specifically cites Tlaib’s and Omar’s support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, which is critical of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.