Rep. Tlaib: When I Retweeted ‘F**K National Day of Prayer,’ It ‘Was Not to Be an Attack on Prayer’

By Craig Bannister | March 18, 2020 | 8:41am EDT
Rep. Rashida Tlaib

“Let me be clear,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted Monday night in response to backlash over her retweet of a vulgar condemnation of the Sunday’s National Day of Prayer for coronavirus victims declared by President Donald Trump.

As reported on Sunday:

Late Saturday, anti-gun activist David Hogg posted a tweet, saying, “Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic. F**k a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress, retweeted it, without comment.

Tlaib’s retweet drew public outrage, including a letter from the Catholic League urging the House Ethics Committee to reprimand the congresswoman.

In response, Rep. Tlaib posted a tweet denying that she had intended to attack prayer:

“Let me be clear as someone who has been praying through this all & as someone who attended the National Prayer Breakfast. My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.”

The “meaningful action” she wants, Tlaib wrote, includes economic stimulus, testing access for all, expanded paid sick leave and unemployment benefits, and a “moratorium on water shutoffs, mortgage/rent payments and evictions.”

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