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Why this video of Rashida Tlaib protesting Trump in 2016 is going viral

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The president’s supporters told her to ‘get a job’ so she did — in the House of Congress.

They call them The Squad — the group of four Congresswomen elected in 2018 and whom President Donald Trump is so terrified of.

They are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley and Rashida Tlaib. They are four different women from very different ethnic and religious backgrounds and from four very different states. But together they represent the changing face of American politics, and as such are so threatening to the president.

So much so, in fact, that they have been the target of one of Trump’s Twitter firestorms in which he told the women that “as far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave”. No matter that three of the four members of the squad were actually born in the US, of course.

Take Tlaib, for example. The Congresswoman was born in Detroit, Michigan to Palestinian immigrant parents. She has a Bachelor degree in political science from Wayne State University and a law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and spent a decade working in state politics in the region she was born in.

But why let the facts get in the way of a good tweet, right? 

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And now, in the wake of Trump’s deplorable Twitter rampage, a video of Tlaib protesting the then-presidential candidate from back in 2016 has resurfaced on social media and has gone viral for the most incredible reason. In the video, Tlaib is seen being forcibly removed from the Detroit Economic Club, where Trump was giving a speech, because she was yelling “you guys are crazy” into the crowd.

At the time, Tlaib penned an opinion piece for the Detroit Free Press about her decision to protest. “I have heard critics calling it unbecoming of a former state legislator,” Tlaib wrote. “Well, I believe it is unbecoming of any American to not stand up to Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric and tactics.”

The piece — and the video — go to prove that Tlaib has been pushing back against Trump and his “hate-filled rhetoric and tactics” since long before she was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018. But that’s not the reason that the video has gone viral.

In the video, Trump’s supporters are heard shouting “get a job” at Tlaib as she is carried out of the building.

Well, how’s this for irony: Tlaib did get a job right after protesting Trump’s speech. And what was that job? US Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district, where she spends most of her time calling Trump out for his “hate-filled”, racist rhetoric. And what a good job she’s doing at that, too. 

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