Florida Official Writes Islamaphobic Facebook Post About Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Annabelle Lima-Taub, the commissioner of Hallandale Beach, Florida, signed an online petition seeking to remove Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from office after Tlaib vowed to investigate President Donald Trump and “impeach the motherf–ker.”
“A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill,” Lima-Taub wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post which was only removed after she received several requests for comment from the Sun Sentinel.
Commissioner Annabelle Lima Taub this is disgusting. (Someone find me her twitter handle) pic.twitter.com/WT5YpmbGOf
— C Underwood. (@joannabananaa) January 14, 2019
Tlaib condemned Lima-Taub’s words soon afterward.
“This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum – this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter.
This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum – this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it.https://t.co/3THoHQmRVy
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 15, 2019
Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana also rebuked Lima-Taub’s remarks, calling them “really inappropriate.”
“Congressman Steve King from Iowa has openly embraced white supremacy and I don’t see anyone condemning him. Maybe she’s being targeted because she’s a woman and because she’s a Muslim,” she added.
Tlaib has been subjected to regular attacks from the right since she was sworn in earlier this month. President Donald Trump chastised her for her “disgraceful” language after she promised her supporters she would impeach him.
“I thought her comments were disgraceful. I think she dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there. I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family,” he said in a statement that was quickly shredded by critics who noted his own history of using colorful language and demeaning women.