U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “The Squad” is a putting a bit more stock into her attention from President Donald Trump than she should, and by “a bit” I mean so much stock that she owns a majority share in TDS Corp.
After the recent dust-up between Trump, Tlaib, and Israel, the Democrat Representative from Michigan told The Guardian
“It’s been very clear to me, especially this last week, that he’s scared of us,” Tlaib said. “He’s afraid of women of color … because we’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid to speak up and say that we have a white supremacist in the White House who has a hate agenda.”
By “us,” she means “the Squad,” consisting of herself and Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Crazytown). A lot of Trump’s media attention has been directed to these four women. While Tlaib believes that this proves Trump is only coming after them because they’re women of color, the fact that he’s only going after them and not other women of color should be a massive clue into how he really feels.
Since Tlaib seems unaware, I’ll shed some light on it for her.
Trump only cares about “the Squad” because they’re useful to him, not because he’s afraid of them. Nearly everything that comes out of the mouth of any given member of “the Squad” is more asinine than the next. Their ideas are so terrible that even other Democrats try to avoid voting for them. Not to mention the consistent antisemitism that consistently gets them in trouble and forces the media to bail them out.
And it’s that last part that has been so useful to Trump over the past month. Tlaib and Omar, in particular, can’t help themselves when it comes to their antisemitism. Trump highlights it in a tweet and the media reacts accordingly. As all parties involved strive to defend and make excuses for antisemitism, they look worse and worse to the American voter.
Just so we’re all clear here, “the Squad” is a means for Trump to control the approval ratings of the Democratic party and discredit a media obsessed with harming him and defending them. Tlaib is a useful tool for Trump. No more. No less.
You often see Democrats talking about how one political figure “fears” a group or politician constantly, but the truth is that “fear” isn’t really the issue here. While the right does want to make sure the agendas pushed by a left that has become radical never come to pass out of fears of what their agendas tend to do to societies, fearing them isn’t exactly accurate.
I’ve often said that I hope people like AOC never go away because they do represent everything that is wrong with the Democratic party and make the ideals of the right look far more appealing. “The Squad” is, at best, a sideshow that made its way to the mainstage due to the Democrat party overreacting about Hillary Clinton’s loss to a man they considered a joke.
It’s a foolish look that Trump is capitalizing on, and I don’t blame him. It’s effective, but it should be understood that it’s only effective because Tlaib and her “squad” are making it so.