In a recent interview on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Florida House Democrat Representative Jared Moskowitz expressed his agreement with the notion of censuring Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for her statements regarding Israel and her refusal to retract them. The discussion on the show was centered around Tlaib’s remarks regarding the Israel-Gaza conflict.
During the interview, host Kayleigh McEnany read a statement by Tlaib in which she questioned the claims and evidence put forth by both Israel and the Gaza Ministry of Health. Tlaib also expressed agreement with the United Nations on the necessity of an independent investigation. Last week, Tlaib had posted a tweet echoing the Gaza Ministry of Health’s version of events, claiming that Israel had bombed the Baptist Hospital and caused the deaths of 500 Palestinians, including doctors, children, and patients.
McEnany questioned Rep. Moskowitz about Tlaib’s refusal to retract her statements, contrasting it with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s decision to remove a similar post. She inquired whether there should be consequences for Tlaib’s actions, mentioning the possibility of censure by Congress.
Rep. Moskowitz, in response, reiterated the unity of Congress in supporting Israel and expressed his disappointment with members of Congress who did not heed U.S. intelligence and the Biden administration’s stance. He pointed out that U.S. intelligence contradicted the claims about the hospital incident and the casualty numbers. He emphasized the importance of trusting U.S. information and criticized those who relied on Hamas’s information.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 26, 2023
McEnany also brought up Article One, Section Five, which empowers Congress to censure, reprimand, or punish members. She asked whether these measures should be considered for those propagating what she referred to as “terrorist talking points.”
Rep. Moskowitz indicated that a censure resolution might be pursued once a House speaker is elected and stressed that this issue revolved around U.S. intelligence, information, and the need to trust the Biden administration. He emphasized that the media had played a concerning role in the dissemination of certain information and the hospital incident had exposed elements of anti-Semitism.
Rashida Tlaib spewed the same lie that Israel bombed a hospital in Gaza just before Hamas supporters stormed the Capitol complex.
Should she be arrested for inciting an insurrection? pic.twitter.com/utNm2NPpWV
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 19, 2023
Both McEnany and Rep. Moskowitz agreed that there appeared to be a double standard in the treatment of Israel and implied that anti-Semitism played a role in this disparity.