Tlaib garnered a frenzy of attention yesterday after she tweeted that “white supremacy” was the catalyst for the Jersey City shooting attack that many people think should be labeled a terrorist hate-crime.
Tlaib eventually deleted the post without a word of comment, and so did the Wall Street Journal, which posted a tweet that “insensitively described the situation.”
“This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” Tlaib said in the since-deleted message that linked to a tweet by progressive Jewish group IfNotNow that memorialized the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at a kosher supermarket.
According to the New York Times, one of the suspects had a connection to the Black Hebrew Israelites, many of whom subscribe to an extreme set of anti-Semitic beliefs. Those followers view themselves as the true “chosen people” and believe that blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are the true descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel, said Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.
[These are also the people who hurled racial insults at the Covington Catholic High Schoolers.]
Many Twitter users poked fun at Tlaib’s error.
It’s unclear what prompted Tlaib’s error. Her office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but eventually pointed Fox News to a previous tweet in which she lamented the shooting.
Tlaib then deleted her tweet without comment and without explaining what made her believe this lie and then spread it a full day after the actual attackers had been identified as 47-year-old David Andersen and 50-year-old Francine Grahm, both of whom were black.
Tuesday’s rampage resulted in four murders. After killing Anderson and Grahm in a massive gun battle, police say they found antisemitic posts written by the suspects online. There was also a manifesto left in their car.
Local media reports say that Anderson was once associated with the Black Hebrew Israelites, a black nationalist group made up of racists and antisemites who made the news this year after they were caught on camera hurling homophobic and racist slurs at a group of students from Covington Catholic High School.
To the surprise of no one, America’s fake media smeared the innocent students as racists and portrayed the black nationalists in the most sympathetic light possible.
“It’s telling, and frankly sick, that Tlaib tweeted out sympathies for the Jews that were murdered blaming it on white supremacists,” tweeted journalist Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll. “Didn’t care enough to find out what happened. Just enough to use dead Jews for her political agenda.”
Anderson and Graham barged into a kosher grocery store and killed three people inside, and they killed a police officer in the ensuing firefight. Anderson and Graham were eventually shot and killed by authorities.
Tlaib has promoted several racial hoaxes in 2019, including accusing the Covington Catholic students of harassing a Native American man after deceptive video of their interaction was shared online. She also bought into actor Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two white Donald Trump supporters, saying “dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is [sic] killing & hurting our people.”
Chicago police later arrested Smollett for orchestrating a fake attack on himself as part of a scheme to raise his salary on the TV show Empire. Prosecutors later dropped the charges against Smollett in a controversial move that infuriated Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“When one of the most famous black and gay men in America is not safe, the message is clearer than it has ever been.” The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 30, 2019
Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take:
Saved it for you guys pic.twitter.com/4Fk3He0L3l
— AJ (@AK_ND9) December 12, 2019
And, the ‘apology’:
An attack that left six people dead, including the two suspected shooters, has shaken a neighborhood of Jews and African-Americans. An earlier tweet, which has been deleted, insensitively described the situation. https://t.co/MtRHqXH8rJ
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 12, 2019