For someone who claims she doesn’t have any close ties to the Nation of Islam’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, Rashida Tlaib seems to have an awfully lot of ties to Louis Farrakhan. The latest example is a column written in 2006 against deporting illegal aliens by Tlaib. The article was published in the Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication that is often used to defend Farrakhan against charges of antisemitism. Final Call describes itself as “the official communications organ of the Nation of Islam” and was founded by the group’s leader, Farrakhan, according to Final Call’s website.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib in 2006 wrote an op-ed column for Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication founded by Louis Farrakhan, in the latest tie to emerge between the congresswoman and anti-Semitic figures.
Tlaib authored the column in 2006, while working as the advocacy coordinator for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), two years before she first won election to the state legislature. Tlaib was described as a “guest columnist” in the article, which argued against deporting immigrants found guilty of “minor offenses.”
Farrakhan’s history of unapologetic anti-Semitism including describing Jews as “satanic” and praising Hitler as a “very great man,” was well established by 2006.
An October 2018 Final Call article quoted Farrakhan’s social media director, Jesse Muhammad, saying the backlash was proof that Farrakhan “must have sprayed some form of termite repellant that stirred up those that have practiced and continue to practice Talmudic ways by eating at the foundation and the carcass of a dead people chosen by God.”
Tlaib’s office did not immediately return a request for comment. Conservative writer Jeryl Bier on Monday first noted Tlaib’s Final Call oped.
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