President Trump said he doesn’t believe Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s tears are genuine.
The Democratic congresswoman from Michigan has become emotional at least twice in public since she canceled her trip to the West Bank to visit her 90-year-old grandmother.
“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?” Trump tweeted Tuesday, accusing Tlaib of being an anti-Semite.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Tlaib was originally set to travel to Israel last weekend with her Democratic colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, but the Israeli government said it was barring the two from entering the country over their support for a boycott of Israel.
In a letter to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Thursday, Tlaib said it could be her “last opportunity” to see her grandmother. “I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she wrote.
Israel then said it would allow Tlaib to visit her grandmother if she honored her promise not to promote the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, which aims to end international support for Israel over its policies toward Palestinians, during her visit.
But Tlaib said Friday she would not go through with the trip because of the “oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me.” She said the restrictions “would break my grandmother’s heart.”
Tlaib became emotional at an event Friday in Detroit, telling supporters she “should be on a plane to see her.”
She cried again Monday during a press conference with Omar in Minnesota.