How extreme are the members of the so-called Democratic “squad?” Extreme enough that even Bill Maher finds Congresswoman Rashida Talib extreme.
On Wednesday, he actually posted a defense of our staunch Middle East ally after Tlaib not only slammed that nation, but also called for a boycott of Maher’s long-running program.
While calling the Minnesota Democrat “childlike” in her behavior, the comedian tweeted:
In an article on this topic, Fox News Channel reporter Sam Dorman noted that Maher’s post “appeared to refer to a July vote in which the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure opposing the BDS movement against Israel.”
Omar specifically pushed a resolution affirming the right to boycott Israel, and both Congresswomen used a travel itinerary that appeared to deny Israel's existence as a sovereign nation.
Dorman also noted that among the 17 Democrats who voted against the measure were two members of ”The Squad,” Tlaib and Michigan Democrat Ilhan Omar, both of whom were blocked from entering that country last week.
Even after the Congresswoman received permission to visit her grandmother in the region, she balked at the condition that she wouldn't promote boycotts against Israel -- something she previously agreed to in a letter to the Israeli government.
Amid the controversy, Dorman stated, Maher criticized the movement when noting that “BDS a bull**** purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”
“I think it's very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong," the comedian added.
"As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this 'completely peaceful people' found themselves occupied,” he stated. “Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars."
Soon after the episode aired, columnist Mehdi Hasan tweeted: “Maher rails against BDS, Palestinians, and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of colour. ‘Liberal’ Maher.”
Tlaib joined the fray on Saturday by posting: “Maybe folks should boycott his show.”
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom.
This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then, and it won't now.
Maher is no conservative. But he's at least willing to speak out on this.