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GOP Reignites Censure Case Against Rashida Tlaib

By CM Chaney · November 7, 2023

In brief…

  • New resolution filed by GOP Rep. McCormick to censure Rep. Tlaib for antisemitism
  • Comes after previous censure attempt failed to pass House with just 22 Republicans in support
  • McCormick says his version uses more accurate language citing specific antisemitic acts
  • Tlaib facing bipartisan criticism over false claims about Israel-Hamas conflict
  • McCormick believes resolution can gain broader support to censure Tlaib's rhetoric
A Republican congressman filed a new resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for promoting antisemitism and false narratives about Israel, after a previous attempt failed to pass the House.  VOA / Wikimedia

Republican Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia filed a resolution on Monday to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for promoting antisemitism and false narratives about the Israel-Hamas conflict.

This comes after a previous censure resolution introduced in October by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) failed to pass the House last week. Greene’s measure accused Tlaib of antisemitism and starting an “insurrection” at the Capitol during a Palestinian protest in October. It was tabled in a 222-186 vote, with 22 Republicans in support.

According to McCormick, the new resolution uses more accurate language to ensure broader support for censuring Tlaib over specific antisemitic rhetoric and activities. McCormick told the Daily Caller News Foundation he voted against Greene’s version because it incorrectly claimed Tlaib led an insurrection.

“I voted to table the Privileged Resolution to censure Rep. Tlaib because the language included in the resolution was inaccurate,” said McCormick. “The resolution previously brought to the floor accused Tlaib of leading an insurrection, which is not true.

“Let me be clear, Rep. Tlaib’s words and actions were racist and hateful and she should be censured,” he continued. “That is why I am working with other conservatives to draft a new censure resolution to address Rep. Tlaib and her actions in a firm and honest manner. Israel and the Jewish community have my full support now and always.”

The text of McCormick’s resolution specifically cites Tlaib for “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.”

Tlaib has faced accusations of antisemitism from both parties after the October Hamas attacks. She posted a video of protesters chanting about a Palestinian takeover of Israel, which she previously called an “apartheid” state. Tlaib also repeated disproven claims Israel bombed a Gaza hospital, when it was actually hit by a Hamas rocket.

Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned such rhetoric. McCormick said a number of Republicans who voted against Greene’s resolution now plan to back his version through regular order.