U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the far left “Squad,” called for the end of policing in the United States Monday night.
In a vicious tweet, the Michigan radical called policing “government funded murder” and ended with “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization.”
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
She also claimed, without evidence, that Daunte Wright’s death “wasn’t an accident.” (Twitter has not taken the tweet down for spreading misinformation or violating its standards.)
In the past, Tlaib supported defunding law enforcement, dismantling police in its current form, called policing “racist,” and since her election two years ago, has spewed anti-Semitic invective.
Following the death of George Floyd last summer, Tlaib supported legislation to defund federal law enforcement entities, close federal detention centers, close state prisons, and more.
Tlaib’s tweet garnered tens of thousands of “likes” and retweets, but also pushback from the right and left.
“Another way to say I can afford to live in a completely safe neighborhood & I don’t care about those who cannot afford to move,” former Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik wrote.
Another commenter replied, “Only the squad would be stupid enough to triple down on the message that in all likelihood cost so many seats in the House last year.”
A sympathetic liberal pleaded, “I am a Democrat. I want Dems to win in 2022. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is bad for the Democratic Party. I’ve been saying this for two years and she has never convinced me otherwise. No doubt policing needs drastic reforms. But she taints the whole party with her rhetoric.”
Finally, one user summarized thusly: “Your tweet was what Abraham Lincoln had in mind when he made the following statement. ‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.’”
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.