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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene gave a Democratic lawmaker some of her own medicine on Thursday, filing a motion to censure her after accusing her of inciting an “insurrection.”
The Georgia Republican filed her motion against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, citing several statements the Michigan Democrat has posted on social media in support of Palestinians and critical of the Israeli government after Iran- and Palestinian-backed Hamas militants launched a surprise attack from Gaza against the Jewish state earlier this month, killing more than 1,400.
The censure resolution is for “antisemitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations, and leading an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex,” Greene announced Thursday morning in remarks on the House floor, NBC News reported.
“Tlaib led a pro-Hamas insurrection into the Capitol complex, has repeatedly displayed her antisemitic beliefs, and has shown her hatred for Israel,” Greene noted further.
The outlet added:
Greene has described a rally on Oct. 18 at the Capitol calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war as an insurrection. During the event, hundreds of demonstrators entered the Cannon House office building, causing U.S. Capitol Police to temporarily close access to the building. Capitol Police estimated that they arrested 300 protesters, including three people who were charged with assaulting a police officer.
A Capitol Police spokesperson said that, to the best of their knowledge, everyone went through security and entered the building the proper way. The public is welcome to visit the House and Senate offices, but magnetometers must first screen visitors.
Greene’s motion is a privileged resolution, meaning that, under House rules, it must be voted on within two legislative days. But the chamber is not set to reconvene until next Wednesday, so a vote isn’t going to happen until next week at the earliest.
BREAKING NEWS: I just introduced my resolution to censure Rashida Tlaib as privileged to force a House vote in two legislative days.
Tlaib led a pro-Hamas insurrection into the Capitol complex, has repeatedly displayed her anti-Semitic beliefs, and shown her hatred for Israel.… pic.twitter.com/R9nCVUSn2x
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 26, 2023
According to a source familiar with the matter, Tlaib — the only member of Congress with Palestinian roots — did not attend the rowdy Capitol protest. But she did address the demonstrators at a rally outside the Capitol.
In a statement Thursday, Tlaib called Greene’s resolution “deeply Islamophobic” and said it “attacks peaceful Jewish anti-war advocates.”
“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 said. “I will continue to call for a 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.”
“I will continue to work for a just and lasting peace that upholds the human rights and dignity of all people, and ensures that no person, no child has to suffer or live in fear of violence,” she added.
Several lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have been critical of Tlaib and other far-left members of the so-called “Squad” over their claims that Israel was responsible for targeting a hospital in Gaza last week that killed hundreds.
“Israeli and U.S. officials have said intelligence indicates the blast was most likely caused by a misfired rocket from Palestinian Islamic Jihad that broke apart after the engine failed,” NBC News reported.
Tlaib joined eight other House Democrats in refusing to support a resolution condemning Hamas for the attack on Israel that resulted in more than a thousand deaths and at least 200 Israelis being taken hostage.