Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s threat over federal intervention in her state backfired into a wave of support for her arrest.
The Michigan Democrat took a stand against President Trump’s reported plan to send more federal law enforcement to deal with civil unrest in cities like New York, Detroit and Chicago, declaring that federal agents would have to get through her first before they “lay their hands” on any Michigan residents.
“They’ll have to arrest me first if they think they’re going to illegally lay their hands on my residents,” the progressive member of the “Squad” tweeted Monday, linking to a report from The Hill.
They'll have to arrest me first if they think they're going to illegally lay their hands on my residents. https://t.co/CkGheyGYq8
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 20, 2020
Trump spoke with reporters Monday about the ongoing protests and rioting in major U.S. cities, praising federal law enforcement agents in Portland, Ore., where the city has been trashed after weeks of violent protests. But the president remarked about how police, especially in New York City, have been hampered by local governments from doing their jobs, vowing to deploy federal police to help quell the violence in many locations where law enforcement is overwhelmed.
“I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” he said. “Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess.”
Democrats have slammed the Trump’s efforts and a lawsuit has been filed claiming federal officials “make it impossible” for the rioters to exercise their First Amendment rights “to protest peacefully.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed “Trump’s stormtroopers” who are “kidnapping protesters” in Portland and declared it “must be stopped.”
“If Democratic officials would focus more on restoring peace to American cities and less on defunding the police and condoning rioting, a federal presence would not be necessary,” GOP Rep. James Comer of Kentucky responded to the Democrats’ whining.
Meanwhile, Tlaib’s declaration that she would have to be arrested before federal officers could “illegally” lay a hand on any of her constituents had a resounding response on Twitter. However, it was probably not the reaction the Democrat was expecting, as social media users overwhelmingly agreed.
They’re constituents @RashidaTlaib, they’re dying because of your failure. As delightful as your arrest would be to witness, you’ve no authority to make that call. It’s @POTUS’ https://t.co/5KxcH3m8qi
— 👠IStandWithTrump ⭐️⭐️⭐️GeneralFLYNNisEXONERATED (@superyayadize) July 20, 2020
I really don't think anybody would be against that.
— Divoc91 (@Divoc_91_) July 20, 2020
Your best look is when you are in cuffs!
— 🌟⚘Starfire 💒🇺🇸🌠🌟🌟 (@StarfireSue) July 20, 2020
Who else will LOL if they arrest her first before taking care of business?
— SixQ (@SixQ2Q2Q) July 20, 2020
Many reminded Tlaib, who is facing a tough Democratic challenge leading up to an Aug. 4 primary, that people who break the law get arrested.
If they break federal law there is nothing preventing them from being arrested for a federal crime. I would love to see them arrest you. It would make 2020 worth it
— Brian Henderson (@hunter2baseball) July 20, 2020
Your residents will be fine unless they break the law. Then they will be arrested because that's what happens when laws are broken, as long as the law-enforcement officers are not hamstrung by politicians – like you.
— Trump2020! (@USABrit4Trump) July 20, 2020
If you did ur job and maintained law and order, then you wouldn’t need the help that you direly need. Americans do not tolerate tyranny.
— 47™️ (@fadde) July 20, 2020
Sounds like a win win to me.
— L (@SomeBitchIKnow) July 20, 2020
And plenty of Twitter users applauded Tlaib’s stand, looking forward to a federal response.
I hope you get arrested then. Especially, when you dont care about law abiding residents having their property destroyed and looted by these domestic terrorists. It's disgraceful that you side with looting and rioting thugs over law abiding citizens. #TlaibOutNow
— Maria B (@mnc81) July 20, 2020
I would pay good money to see that happen. pic.twitter.com/PHcB5A31VB
— Jedi Mind Trick 🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ (@H2oVolk) July 20, 2020
I would 100% pay to see this
ARREST THE MF’er!!!!
— stephanie ac (@stephanie_co23) July 20, 2020
Thanks for volunteering. I hope they take you up on your offer.
— Ryan’s GF (@makingitpay) July 20, 2020
Author: Frieda Powers