Twenty-three Republican members of Congress on Wednesday night voted together with the entire Democratic delegation to table a resolution to censure progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mi). The final vote was 222-186 in favor of killing the motion without debate.
The motion for censure Tlaib, which is only one step below expulsion from the House, was introduced on October 26 by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga), who accused Tlaib of “antisemitic activity” and “sympathizing with terrorist organizations.”
“Tlaib led a pro-Hamas insurrection into the Capitol complex, has repeatedly displayed her antisemitic beliefs, and shown her hatred for Israel. She must be held accountable and censured,” Greene told the House.
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
Rep. Becca Balint (D-Vt) retaliated with a resolution to censure Greene, which was pulled from the agenda moments before voting on it began. It was essentially the political equivalent of “I’m rubber, you’re glue,” and “I know you are, but what am I?”
Tlaib responded: “Marjorie Taylor Greene’s unhinged resolution is deeply Islamophobic and 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. 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.”
Of course, she will.
Greene called the 23 Republicans who voted to table her resolution, “feckless.” She had an online tantrum, tweeting: “This is why Republicans NEVER do anything to stop the communists Democrats or ever hold anyone accountable!!”
But the Republicans who refused to censure Tlaib were solid citizens, like Chip Roy (R-Tx), Harriet Hageman (R-W.Va), John Duarte (R-Ca), and Tim Walberg (R-Mich).
Rep. Roy dished back at Greene for the “feckless” thing, stating: “Tonight’s feckless resolution to censure Tlaib was deeply flawed and made legally and factually unverified claims, including the claim of leading an ‘insurrection.’ I voted to table the resolution. In January 2021, the legal term insurrection was stretched and abused by many following the events at the Capitol. We should not continue to perpetuate claims of ‘insurrection’ at the Capitol and we should not abuse the term now.”
Rep. Walberg said: “As much as I disagree with previous comments made by Rep. Tlaib, First Amendment liberties are for every American, and I will support this constitutional right, whether the speaker is on the political left or right and whether they are speaking heinous lies or harsh truths. When we hear evil speech, we should not look to the government for the answer but rather speak up as individuals to denounce it.”
Couldn’t put it better myself, and I can’t stand the sight of that Tlaib person.