Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib shared with deep emotion during a committee hearing that was addressing white supremacy on Tuesday. She read out loud a death threat that she received after the New Zealand mosque attacks.
The Democrat representative from Michigan, who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, held back tears as she read the hateful letter and pleaded with an FBI official to take action.
“‘This is a great start, let’s hope and pray it continues here in the good old USA. The only good Muslim is a dead one,’” Tlaib said, reading the letter she received. This letter was sent after more than 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch.
“We get so many of them, and I keep asking, ‘What happens?’ ‘What happens to these individuals?’ I’m really sincere. I’m a mother. I want to go home to my two boys.”
Rep. Tlaib said that the president, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were copied on the letter sent to her office and that the incident should be classified as terrorism.
“How is that not enough to fall under domestic terrorism, if they’re targeting solely based on my faith and others in saying ‘a good Muslim is a dead one’ obviously directed to me,” Tlaib said.
Michael McGarrity, FBI assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division, was testifying at the committee. He said he empathized with the congresswoman and also said Congress can work with the Justice Department on domestic terrorism legislation.
“I’m in charge of domestic terrorism and international terrorism. I don’t differentiate either when the threat comes in, nor does the FBI. We work them both the same way,” McGarrity said.
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Credit: NY Post