Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib revealed in an interview she was “terrified” for herself and her family after the Sept. 11 terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.
“I was probably in my second year of law school when 9/11 happened and I was really terrified of what was going to happen to my husband, who was only a green card holder at the time,” Tlaib said during an interview with “Makers,” a media company founded to “accelerate the women’s movement.”
“I immediately called my brothers and told them to be very careful who you hang out with,” she continued. “Telling my sisters ‘just be real careful out there’ and being really afraid of my fellow Americans.”
Tlaib, along with fellow Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, became America’s first Muslim congresswomen when sworn into office in January. Their time in office has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiments.
The controversy kicked off after Omar delivered the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on March 23. A video from the event was uncovered weeks later where Omar was shown urging Muslim Americans to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable.” Omar faced backlash after a part of the speech surfaced where she described the Sept. 11 attacks as merely an event where “some people did something.” (Read more from “Here’s Why Rashida Tlaib Was ‘Really Afraid’ of Fellow Americans” HERE)