Rashida Tlaib's Trump-loving brother calls into C-SPAN to praise his Democratic sister: 'She’s a fighter'
Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib is among the Democrats who was victorious in the 2018
midterms and will be joining the House of Representatives today, and her brother called
C-SPAN this morning to congratulate the new congresswoman—despite the fact he is a
self-identified “conservative Republican” and supporter of President Donald Trump.
Calling from Michigan, Tlaib’s brother told C-Span that he respects his sister’s winning
attitude even though “we fight all the time, especially about Trump” and disagree about
many issues, including immigration. Tlaib was one of two Muslim women elected to the
House in November and will be the first Palestinian-American woman sworn into
Congress (Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, won in Minnesota).
The caller asserted, “We don’t see eye to eye on a lot of issues….But I’ll tell you one
thing: she’s a fighter, and I think that’s what’s missing in our legislative branch. There’s
not a lot of fighters there.”
Even though Tlaib’s brother asserted that he believes Trump is doing an “excellent job”
as president, he appeared sympathetic to liberal/progressive Sen. Bernie
Sanders—telling C-Span, “I don’t like the Democratic Party. I don’t like how they did
Asked if he had a message for Rep.-Elect Tlaib, her brother responded, “I’m proud of
you. I can’t wait to see you get sworn in on Jefferson’s Quran and wearing the
The Quran that Tlaib’s brother is referring to was an English-language translation of the
Islamic holy book that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding
Fathers and the third president of the United States. That same copy of the Quran was
previously used in 2007 when Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, was sworn into Congress.
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