Rashida Tlaib's Grandmother says: 'May God ruin Trump'
Rep. Rashida Tlaib's hatred for Trump appears to extend to her grandmother. On Friday, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds, one day after initially refusing to allow her into the country. Tlaib swiftly rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her.
This prompted critics to believe Tlaib's only real motives were to promote the BDS movement and other anti-Semitic groups. It wasn't long before it was reported that Rashida Tlaib's now-cancelled trip was actually planned by some of those groups, as well as others linked to terrorism.
Trump weighed in on the situation via Twitter.
Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
It wasn't long before Tlaib's grandmother wrote back.
"Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming," she said. "May God ruin him."
Bassam Tlaib, Rashida's uncle, said the women had not seen each other since 2006. He, too, had some harsh words for President Trump:
"Rashida sees her granny as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her success to her grandmother. Trump has told Rashida and Ilhan to go back to their home countries. What a contradiction, yesterday he asked them to leave and today he asks that they aren’t let in."
Trump has gone back and forth with Tlaib and Omar for weeks, along with lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All women of color, also known as the "Squad", Trump has accused them of hostility to Israel in a barrage condemned by critics as racist.