The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Rashida Tlaib’s opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump began while he was still candidate Trump and before she decided to run for Congress.
The 42-year-old attorney, who is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, was booted from a 2016 Trump campaign speech in Detroit for heckling the polarizing Republican.
After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary to run unopposed for the House seat that Rep. John Conyers held for more than five decades before retiring amid sexual harassment allegations, Tlaib, the eldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants , vowed to take the fight to Trump once she’s in Washington.
“I will uplift you in so many ways,” she told her cheering supporters early Wednesday. “Not only through service, but fighting back against every single oppressive, racist structure that needs to be dismantled, because you deserve better than what we have today in our country.”
She also challenged Trump, calling him a “bully” and adding: “I don’t know if he’s ready for me.”
“You think of the hope and possibilities about being in America — he doesn’t really believe in that,” Tlaib told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “He believes there are winners and losers. [That’s] dangerous and very divisive.”
Tlaib, who served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014, defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs. Since no Republicans or third-party candidates are running, Tlaib is running unopposed in November’s general election.
Since leaving the Legislature, Tlaib has worked as an attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. Her views align with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, and on Wednesday, she said she’ll push for universal Medicare, a $15 minimum wage, sustainable environmental policies, public school funding and fair immigration policies.Speech