A Florida city commissioner is under fire for saying the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to Congress might “blow up Capitol Hill.”
In the Islamophobic rant, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, compared Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who is Muslim, to a suicide bomber, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill,” Lima-Taub wrote in a Jan. 8 Facebook post, which linked to a petition demanding Tlaib be removed from Congress.
The Florida lawmaker’s online outburst came in response to a comment that Tlaib had made — taking aim at President Trump and vowing to “impeach the motherf–ker” on Jan. 3.
On January 15, Tlaib criticized Lima-Taub and blamed Trump and his supporters for fueling a political climate where fear and racism thrives.
“This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Tlaib tweeted. “This President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) later called on the Florida commissioner to resign.
“Xenophobic stereotypes must not be embraced by any elected official,” CAIR-Florida’s communications director, Wilfredo Ruiz, said in a statement, according to The Huffington Post.
“Her un-American, xenophobic statements establish that she is unfit to hold the Commissioner’s seat. She must apologize immediately and follow up that apology with her resignation.”
Several other Hallandale Beach commissioners have also spoken out against her, the Sun-Sentinel reported.