Rep. Rashida Tlaib: ‘I Don’t Wait My Turn;’ ‘I Really Want to Change People’s Lives Immediately’

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Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 22, 2019 | 9:55 AM EDT

Rep. Rashida Tlaib
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“I don’t wait my turn” when it comes to changing other people’s lives, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) says.

In an interview with New York Magazine published Monday, the first-term congresswoman described her response to be told she needs to “’wait her turn’ to change things in Congress”:

“I say, ‘Is there a line?’ I don’t wait my turn, obviously. I’m more of a mother, a social worker at heart. There’s a lack of urgency in this institution. I really want to change people’s lives immediately.”

“You wanted someone who would hit the ground running,” Tlaib said, explaining why she’s undaunted by President Donald Trump’s critical tweets about her.

Besides, Rep. Tlaib claims, Trump’s criticism is focused on her ethnicity, not her liberal policies:

“It fuels me when my residents say, ‘Be careful, you’re going to take a lot of heat for this or that.’ I say, ‘Well, you didn’t elect me to function from a place of fear. You wanted someone who would hit the ground running.’

“But they don’t like it when he tweets about their member of Congress. Especially because he’s not focused on my policy agenda. He’s focused on my ethnicity, my background.”


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