Josh Mandel tweets racist trope about Rashida Tlaib

Josh Mandel tweets racist trope about Rashida Tlaib
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Republican United States Senate candidate Josh Mandel of Ohio fired off a racist tweet about Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) on Wednesday, prompting some swift backlash on social media.

Politico reported on Wednesday that Tlaib, one of the most progressive members of the House of Representatives, will deliver a response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech next Tuesday on behalf of the left-wing Working Families Party.

Tlaib “is expected to hammer moderate Democrats who have stymied Biden’s social spending and climate change package,” wrote Politico.

“Tlaib will praise Biden’s stimulus bill and make the case that liberals have pushed aggressively for his agenda, according to a summary of her remarks shared exclusively with POLITICO. She is also planning to argue that Republicans and a handful of intransigent Democrats have blocked progress on lowering the cost of housing, health care, and prescription drugs,” the outlet continued.

“The speech will put on display the deep rifts within the Democratic Party that have marked Biden’s presidency. Months ahead of the daunting midterm election, many Democrats are looking to put aside those differences in order to present a united front against Republicans. But the left sees an opportunity in this year’s primaries to elect a more liberal Democratic majority to Congress,” Politico added.

“No one fought harder for Build Back Better and a pro-democracy agenda than progressives,” Tlaib told Politico in a statement. “The work is unfinished and we’re not giving up on what our communities deserve. We need to get as much done for the people as we can this year, and elect a majority that can deliver for working families in 2023.”

The news that Tlaib will appear on the airwaves following the president’s address clearly struck a nerve with Mandel, a right-wing supporter of former President Donald Trump whom even Trump has described as “f-ing weird.”

On Wednesday evening, Mandel, a former state treasurer known for firing off inflammatory and hateful remarks, wrote that "Hamas spokesman to deliver response to state of the union."

Twitter was jolted into condemning Mandel's unprovoked post for being baselessly and unabashedly racist.


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