Florida commissioner reprimanded for saying Rep. Rashida Tlaib might "blow up" Capitol Hill

/ AP

Rashida Tlaib poised to make history

Commissioners in a South Florida city are reprimanding a fellow councilmember over remarks on a Facebook post about the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Hallandale Beach commissioners voted Wednesday to condemn commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub for writing that Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit, might become "a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill." Tlaib is one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in November.

Lima-Taub remains unapologetic, telling commissioners her life is in danger. The Miami Herald reports Lima-Taub told the board that if she's found dead, she'll hold commissioner Michelle Lazarow responsible. Lazarow introduced the resolution to condemn Lima-Taub.

Lazarow said the controversy has "brought out hate like I have never seen before."

The resolution reprimanded Lima-Taub for "bigotry" and creating an unsafe environment for the Muslim community.

First published on January 24, 2019

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