There’s a famous online animated gif of the well-known comic
favorite Homer Simpson slowly slipping backwards and disappearing into the
bushes. You’ll see it tweeted and recycled every time a prominent figure says
or does something embarrassing or humiliating. And as much as I enjoy using it
or seeing it myself, I’m going to recommend a replacement. In place of Homer as
the established face of humiliation, perhaps we all should just start using a
singular image of Representative Rashida Tlaib.
The Democrat Congresswoman is a walking embarrassment.
Sometimes to her party, sometimes to her fellow “squad” members, sometimes to
her country, but most often to herself. Take, as the latest example, Tlaib’s
ill-advised hot take on the New Jersey shooting that left six people (1 good
guy, 3 innocent people, and the 2 murderers) dead.
Having caught wind of a senseless act of violence that had
occurred in Jersey City, Tlaib took to her personal Twitter account to play
politics. She tweeted,
“This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills.”
The killers were both black. Not only that, but they had
both demonstrated an interest in the black supremacy movement modeled by the
Black Hebrew Israelites. Talk about swinging, missing, and slipping into the
Within about 20 minutes, the ratio on her tweet had gotten
so bad that she deleted it, and then proceeded to continue on as though nothing
had happened. No acknowledgement of her mistake, no apology for her effort to
politicize, no remorse over the obviously exposed motives in her hot take.
Instead, amazingly she followed up with this on her Congressional account:
“It was beyond heartbreaking to learn of what appears to be another anti-Semitic act of violence. The hate growing in our country is toxic.”
So heartbreaking that she couldn’t wait to use it to further an agenda; so concerned about the toxic hate growing in our country that she herself fueled it by mislabeling, attempting to stir up division in a country in desperate need for unity.
Tlaib’s irresponsibility is her own fault, of course. But ultimately, the voters in her Michigan district will need to answer for this if they don’t correct the mistake they made in the last election.