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Rashida Tlaib, With Primary Win, Is Poised to Become First Muslim Woman in Congress

Discussion in 'The NF Café' started by RavenSupreme, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. RavenSupreme Well-Known Member

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    DETROIT — By the time Rashida Tlaib was finished, not a dry eye remained in the room.

    “I want people across the country to know that you don’t need to sell out,” Ms. Tlaib said early Wednesday morning. “You don’t have to change who you are to run for office — and that is what this country is about.”

    Ms. Tlaib is poised to become the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress, after she narrowly defeated Brenda Jones, Detroit’s City Council president, in a Democratic primary race to succeed longtime Representative John Conyers Jr. in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. She will run unopposed in November. In a separate Democratic primary contest for a special election to serve the remaining months of Mr. Conyers’s term, on Wednesday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.

    Ms. Tlaib, a former Michigan state legislator, Detroit native and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was so cautious about celebrating her victory that she waited until every vote was counted — and long after The Associated Press had called the race in her favor — to begin her celebrations at almost 3 a.m.


    That meant the crowd had thinned significantly from the dozens who attended her earlier results watch party, but those who stayed until the early morning saw a special sight: a room of largely Arab-American immigrants emotionally celebrating an American democracy that has, in their view, been hostile to their existence and identity.




    “I will fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled,” Ms. Tlaib said. “You deserve better than what we have today with our president.”

    The eldest child of 14, Ms. Tlaib campaigns with a raw energy rarely seen by candidates across either party. More than any singular policy position, her calling card is the no-holds-barred way in which she has engaged voters from traditionally marginalized backgrounds — calling voter interactions her “comfort zone,” where she feels most free to rail against “corporate PAC money” and the uselessness of traditional representatives.

    for governor, which was won by the establishment favorite, Gretchen Whitmer.

    More than 90 Muslims — mostly Democrats — have entered races for local, state or national public office, according to Jetpac, a nonprofit that advocates civic engagement across the country. With Ms. Tlaib, the group has now notched its most high-profile victory, which comes complete with a stunning visual: sending during a speech in Detroit to the floor of the House of Representatives.

    “I won!” Ms. Tlaib exclaimed at one point, seemingly in disbelief. She soon, however, corrected herself.

    We won,” she said.

     
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  3. wibisana still newbie

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  4. wibisana still newbie

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  5. Chie Well-Known Member

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    I'd be surprised if it wasn't for the fact that this was in Detroit.

    The Midterms will be quite interesting I think.
     
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    I think you be scared @Chie not simply interested. You realize if your boy Trump doesn't hold Congress he is getting Impeached right?
     
  7. Chie Well-Known Member

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    No they won't.

    The Democrats are full of hot air, they even backed down on abolishing ICE when the Republicans offered it.



    It's all theater.
     
  8. Revan Reborn Redeemed

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    As long as she is a good candidate, Idgaf if she is a muslim women.
     
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