A day after Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan held a news conference on travel restrictions to Israel and the West Bank, U.S. President Donald Trump slammed Tlaib on Twitter.
Trump, who has repeatedly attacked the two congresswomen on Twitter, wrote, "Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!"
Omar and Tlaib appeared at the news conference with Jewish leaders from their districts and called on all members of Congress to visit Israel and the West Bank.
Tlaib said that "all Americans should be distrubed" by the decision not to let them enter.
The Michigan lawmaker teared up as she recalled visiting family in the West Bank and seeing her mother have to "go through dehumanizing checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American."
Tlaib got emotional as she told how her "Sitty" — an Arabic term of endearment for one's grandmother that's spelled different ways in English — urged her during a tearful late-night family phone call not to come under what they considered such humiliating circumstances.
"She said I'm her dream manifested. I'm her free bird," Tlaib recalled. "So why would I come back and be caged and bow down when my election rose her head up high, gave her dignity for the first time?"
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At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. The two are outspoken critics of Trump and of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
They were subjected to a series of racist tweets from Trump last month, in which he told them to “go back” to their “broken” countries. Both are U.S. citizens.