Even staunch Liberal and outspoken anti-Trumper, Bill Mahar, has hit back against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., after the left-wing lightening rod called for a boycott of his show.
Last week, Mahar tweeted that Tlaib was acting like a child. “Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away,” Maher wrote, apparently echoing phrases toddlers use. “But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party?”
Maher’s tweet appeared to refer to a July vote in which the House overwhelmingly approved a measure opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Omar was the among the 17 that voted not to condemn BDS. But, she took it a step further, specifically pushing her own resolution, along with fellow freshman Representative, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., affirming the right to boycott Israel. Israel blocked both Congresswomen from entering the country due to their positions on BDS.
After Tlaib received permission to visit her grandmother in the region, she balked at the condition that she couldn’t promote boycotts against Israel — something she previously agreed to in a letter to the Israeli government.
During the controversy, Maher fiercely criticized the BDS movement, saying, “BDS is a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”
Maher went on to say why he (and 318 other members of Congress) feel that BDS is “Bullshit.” “It’s predicated on this notion … I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong,” he said.
“As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”
After those scathing words on his broadcast, Tlaib responded via twitter, by comparing Maher’s commentary to tactics used to block protests against apartheid in South Africa.
“Maybe folks should boycott his show,” she said. “I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom.”