Congresswomen Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar held a press conference on Monday in which Tlaib was moved to tears while describing the plight of Palestinians in land held by Israel. President Trump’s response was skeptical in light of the recent denial by Israel of the two congresswomen’s request to visit. The denial was rescinded after Tlaib appealed based on the health of her grandmother which she in turn refused.
“As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American,” she said. “I was there when my sity [grandmother] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have to the best hospitals, which were in Jerusalem.”
Trump added in his missive that he believes Tlaib, who along with Omar has made a series of statements critics say are antisemitic, “is an anti-Semite.”