Congresswoman-elect, Rashida Tlaib said on Thursday that she has no doubt that President Donald Trump is a racist, and she cited his rhetoric to back up her claims.
“Look, I truly believe he is racist — and that’s probably controversial — he is,” Tlaib told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons during a “Rising” interview, The Hill reported.
“It’s in his policies, it’s in his words, and the fact of the matter is that he’s still our president … but it doesn’t matter, I’m going to hold him accountable,” she continued.
Tlaib is a Democrat and one of two Muslim women elected to serve in the next Congress, according to The Hill.
Tlaib and Representative-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be serving as representatives in the upcoming term. Tlaib is also the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.
She is not, however, the first Democrat to criticize Trump for his racially charged Rhetoric.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, a Democrat from Texas criticized him for what she referred to as “dog whistle racism” because of critical remarks made about three black reporters over the fall.
In November, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez used similar terminology when he criticized “dog whistle politics” after Trump created a midterm advertisement that villainized illegal immigrants.
That advertisement was rejected by major networks because it showed images of a Mexican man who was in the country illegally, who was sentenced to death for the murder of two police officers.
The advertisement pointer a finger at Democrats and their support of open borders as the reason that the Mexican national was in the United States.
According to Tlaib, she has no idea what would drive the president to the type of rhetoric he uses, and she is often baffled by his tweets.
“There’s so much, even when I watch national media outlets,” she told Hill.TV.
“It’s baffling because we’re all guessing like what is in his mind, what do you think that tweet was about.”