A city commissioner in South Florida is under fire for saying a newly-elected Muslim congresswoman might “blow up Capitol Hill.”
Anabelle Lima-Taub, a commissioner in Hallandale Beach, posted a link on her personal Facebook page earlier this month to a petition calling for the removal of Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Lima-Taub wrote in the post that she proudly signed the petition and called Tlaib a “Hamas loving anti-semite” who has “no place in government.”
“She is a danger and (I) would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill,” Lima-Taub wrote.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that the post was removed at some point on Monday. Screenshots of the comment are still being widely shared on social media.
How #racist and dangerous is this! #Hallandale #Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub! Accusing @RashidaTlaib @RepRashida of planning to blow up Capitol Hill to become a martyr? pic.twitter.com/YIcDTbs08w— Samar D Jarrah (@SamarDJarrah) January 15, 2019
Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, was born in Israel, according to her profile on the City of Hallandale Beach website. She spoke with NBC Miami via phone on Tuesday and stood by her comments.
“I urge anyone that was offended by it, especially some of the self-righteous colleagues that I have, to research and Google BDS, Google Hamas, Google Hezbollah, Look up CAIR and look up Rashida Tlaib’s affiliations with these groups,” Lima-Taub told them.
The Florida chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, released a statement on Tuesday calling for the commissioner’s resignation.
“Holding a public office comes with great responsibilities. Xenophobic stereotypes shall not be embraced by any elected official. CAIR-Florida strongly condemns the disgraceful racist and Islamophobic statements published by Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub,” Communications Wilfredo Ruiz said. “Her un-American, xenophobic statements establish that she is unfit to hold the commissioner’s seat. She must apologize immediately and follow up with her resignation.”
Rep. Tlaib also addressed the comments made about her. In a tweet, she said, “This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum – this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it.”
This sort of hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn’t happen in a vacuum – this President embraced it and Republicans have happily gone along with it.https://t.co/3THoHQmRVy— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 15, 2019
Tlaib and another Democrat from Minnesota recently became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Tlaib made headlines shortly after being sworn in for calling President Donald Trump a vulgar word while saying she would work to impeach him.