Florida congresswoman conveys violent threat against Rashida Tlaib

Man and woman prepare protective gear

Congresswoman Kat Cammack conveyed a violent message against a colleague just hours before she prepared protective gear against a mob sharing her anti-democratic goal.

Tom Williams CQ Roll Call

Newly elected Florida Congresswoman Kat Cammack has, in her first week in office, communicated a threat against her colleague Rashida Tlaib, who is in the neighboring office.

On the morning of 6 January, she tweeted, “I’ve made a pledge to plant Israel’s flag outside my door right next to the American flag.” In passive-aggressive language, she added, “I think it’ll be very helpful as [Tlaib] walks past both every day.”

Yechezkel Moskowitz, a backer of an expansionist Israel and grandson of the late Irving Moskowitz, a major funder of Israeli settlements, then tweeted a violent gif – a brief video – of a woman walking away from an exploding building, along with Cammack’s tweet targeting Tlaib.

Cammack then retweeted the gif – indicating she thought it was something worth sharing with the world.

Moskowitz – @ymosko – deleted his Twitter account at some point on 7 or 8 January.

Hours after Cammack’s 6 January retweet, right-wing supporters of President Donald Trump and his autogolpe attacked the US Capitol Building.

Cammack was not given pause by the right-wing and police violence of the day and the effort to overturn the democratic will of over 80 million Americans.

Instead, she voted to reject the certification of the votes of the people of both Arizona and Pennsylvania within 24 hours of promoting violent imagery against Congresswoman Tlaib.

For a staunchly conservative anti-Palestinian member of Congress to promote violence against a Palestinian American colleague comes as no surprise following years of reckless rhetoric from Republicans, Fox News and President Trump that led to the deaths of five people from the storming of the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

Cammack’s approach suggests she thinks she has nothing to learn from Congresswoman Tlaib. Cammack shows no interest in learning the Palestinian history of dispossession or anything about the Israeli occupation Tlaib’s Palestinian family has endured.

Evidently, the Florida congresswoman is satisfied that she already knows everything she needs to know about Palestinians.

Consequently, she’s quickly stooped to stoking violence against her congressional neighbor.

A congressional investigation should immediately be launched. Sadly, that likely won’t happen. That being the case, at the very least Congresswoman Tlaib’s Democratic colleagues should vigorously stand up for her and speak out on behalf of Palestinian freedom and equal rights.

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A politician's strength of character can be gauged by their ability to not be cowed, bribed or bullied by the Apartheid israel lobby. She is obviously as weak as wet lettuce- and without any integrity.

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Shouldn’t Speaker Pelosi reassign Cong. Cammack to another room?
This is clearly discrimination against Cong. Talib. She should save her political views fir argument on the floor or in committee. Reflects poorly on her upbringing.

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Apartheid is hard for free people to stomach.
Be unconditional End Apartheid everywhere!

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America is full of just SO MANY ignorant people. And that ignorance extends to so many people in Congress who think they are somehow standing for American values when in fact they are actually betraying them.

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I suggest Kat Cammack should be registered as a "Foreign Agent" under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. She seems to be representing Israel in Congress no less than her own constituents.

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People like her SHOULD NOT BE A PART OF OF GOVERNMENT.
WHY DOESN'T SHE GO LIVE IN ISRAEL? OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN GREATLY HURT BY ISRAELI-FIRSTERS. PEOPLE LIKE HER ARE WORKING FOR THE U.S., NOT ANOTHER STATE, A RACIST AND DESTRUCTIVE STATE . SHE SHOULD BE REMOVED. DITTO ROS LETTINEN. SORRY IF I MISPELLED HER NAME. PEOPLE LIKE THESE DEFINITELY SHOULD BE REMOVED.

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Why should Kat Cammak move to Israel ?
She is NOT Israeli.
She is American, is not Jewish and has no links to Israel.
You really need to grow up and stop talking rubbish.

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Using ad hominem attacks, like "Grow up", show you have no argument to support your opinion. Saying she needs to go to Apartheid israel is in perfect response to her putting the interests of that rogue nation before the one she is supposed to be working for, the USA. However, I would prefer that hateful bigots like her do not go to Apartheid israel to cause more suffering for the indigenous Palestinian people. There are already too many hateful Apartheid israeli racists there.

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Ms. Cammack is a microcosmic face of American society, she is not unique or out of the ordinary. For her, Mr. Moskowitz, and America as a whole, violence is not just a means to an end, it is an end in itself. I am not surprised by her comments one iota. What H. Rap Brown said in the summer of 1967, is still applicable today, "Violence is as American as cherry pie." As Mr. Zaisser said above, Americans are ignorant, but I would add that violence IS an American value.

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Agree...I often have said to liberal friends in the US who deplore lack of satisfactory gun control measures that America is 'violence central'. It's the mindset that allows that kind of weapons proliferation on the homefront, but also the massive weapons for export industry...you know, 'It's about US jobs'. Pathetic.

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