“The new 12th Congressional District contains nearly two-thirds of the people I currently serve,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter. “I’m excited to continue to fight for our residents and engage with new neighbors in Wayne and Oakland Counties.”
Just hours before Tlaib’s announcement, Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced she will retire from Congress instead of run in the district.
“Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence has led a historic and impactful life in public service,” Tlaib said in a statement sent to the Arab American News. “As a Detroiter, a Michigander, and a woman of color in politics, I send my deep gratitude to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence for her partnership and support. It has been an honor to represent the city of Detroit with her.”
Exactly whom do Tlaib and Lawrence represent? Over the years, as noted in her Discover the Networks profile, Lawrence has received numerous donations from high-ranking officials and/or board members of Islamist organizations. Specifically, from 2012-2018 she received a total of $7,400 in contributions from individuals affiliated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
As for Tlaib, her DTN profile notes that over the years, she has cultivated noteworthy ties to a number of Islamist organizations. In 2009 she received a Community Service Award from the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In March 2010 she praised CAIR for its “invaluable” and “vital” “advocacy efforts” on behalf of “those who don’t have the resources to defend themselves.” In her 2010 congressional re-election campaign, Tlaib received strong support from the Arab American Political Action Committee. In 2013-14, she received numerous financial donations from individuals affiliated with CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In 2014 she spoke at a CAIR banquet in Los Angeles, and at the annual joint conference of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America. And in a January 2015 tweet, Tlaib noted approvingly that the head of Islamic Relief USA – a branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide, which had recently been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates – had come to Detroit to discuss “water relief from Gaza to Detroit.”
Both women are pro-Islamist extremists whose work has not been to “fight for our residents” but to push an Islamist, anti-American, anti-Israel agenda.