One of the 2 Muslim Woman Elected to Congress Says She'll Fight the 'Hate' and the 'Right-Wing' Agenda

By Susan Jones | November 12, 2018 | 10:14am EST
Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC)

( - Rashida Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, says she ran for office to "show my son that bullies and hate (don't) win."

The eldest of her two sons "questions whether or not he can tell someone that he's of Muslim faith or that he's even Arab," she said.

"It is something that really comes with me as I enter the United States Congress, that I push back against that, that I show my son that bullies and hate doesn't win. That we can if we stand up, speak up, run for office, that we get into the room and make sure that we have a voice and a seat at the table.


"And that we show love and that we lead with compassion and lead with the sense of understanding that all of us, that we're part of this humanity together, and that this kind of divisiveness, actions and so forth doesn't win."

Tlaib, a former Michigan legislator, accused President Trump of "pushing back against our sense of belonging here in the United States of America."

She said she also plans to "fight against that corporate greed that has infiltrated our United States Congress."

I'm going to fight for Medicare-for-all. I'm going to fight against discrimination. I'm going to fight against the ongoing assault from the car insurance industry in Michigan. We have the highest rates of car insurance because of the practice of redlining. I'm going to lift their voices up. That's what I'm going to do.

And I will outwork the hate. I will outwork every single thing on the agenda of the right wing. I don't care if it's Trump or whoever it is that's leading this kind of push against the working families that I represent. But it's going to be loud, and it's going to be very direct and very clear and it's going to be about those issues and those values.

My district did not vote for me because I'm Muslim. They voted for me because I have the heart and love and passion to give them a voice in the United States Congress.

Tlaib said mothers and "working families" like her have "been outside the ring for so long."

"Half of the members of the United States Congress are millionaires. They are not in an income bracket that's even close to the majority of Americans across this country. They (the working families) don't have a voice within the Congress right now. And it's going to change. It's going to change with a rainbow of color of women. It's going to change with just an incredible focus that women bring when we do anything in this country."

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