The House on Tuesday passed a resolution to censure Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her incendiary rhetoric in support of Hamas and her accusation that President Joe Biden is supporting “genocide,” CNN reported.
In a video posted on X last Friday, Tlaib claimed that the American people were not with the president in his support of Israel and vowed that voters would remember in 2024 that Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinians.
The video included footage from pro-Hamas protests across the country that featured the vow “From the river to the sea,” a slogan in support of the complete eradication of the Jewish state.
The White House pushed back against Tlaib’s accusation over the weekend when Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, according to The Hill.
Finer told Stephanopoulos that the White House strongly disagrees with Tlaib’s messaging and some of the terms she is using to describe the conflict. At the same time, Finer tried to walk a fine line by suggesting that there are “strong views on all sides,” and said the White House respects that there are members of Congress “who have deep personal ties to this conflict.”
Finer suggested that the terms being used resonate historically and should not be applied to the current conflict in Gaza.
The censure resolution, introduced by Georgia Republican Rich McCormick, passed the House 234 to 188, with 22 Democrats voting in favor and four Republicans voting against.
The previous censure resolution introduced by Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene was tabled last week over the language used, including the accusation that Tlaib incited an “insurrection” at the Capitol.
After McCormick’s rewritten resolution was introduced this week, he was forced to shut down his Atlanta office due to “serious threats of violence” against his staff.