Under intense pressure from President Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Thursday barred two members of the United States Congress from entering Israel for an official visit, reversing a previous decision to admit two of the president’s most outspoken critics.
But on Friday, Israel said that one of the congresswomen, Representative Rashida Tlaib, could enter on humanitarian grounds so that she could see her 90-year-old grandmother, after she promised to “not promote boycotts” during her stay.
By enlisting a foreign power to take action against two American citizens, let alone elected members of Congress, Mr. Trump crossed a line that other presidents have not, in effect exporting his partisan battles beyond the country’s borders. And he demonstrated the lengths that he will go to to target his domestic opponents, in this case two of the congresswomen of color he has sought to make the face of the Democratic Party heading into his re-election campaign.
Of course, now Representative Tlaib isn’t going to go, because, you know, “Jews.”
Tlaib and Omar are not the criminals here. Trump, and his willing puppet Netanyahu are the two dumb asses that are totally to blame for this diplomatic debacle.
As I have said many times before, as long as Tlaib and Omar go about doing what they are being paid to do, and what the voters of their districts voted for them to do — represent their constituents — I have no beef with them. In fact, I support a great deal of what these two are trying to accomplish, and I think that 90% of the time, that is what they are doing. But when they go out of their way to repeat the Palestinian LIE and promote that, then I think their voters need to reign them in.
That said, I have never heard of a President of the United States telling a foreign leader to not allow the elected representatives of our government a visit. But we are in the age of Trump, and he is a dumbass of dumbasses. And Benjamin Netanyahu is sitting there at Trumps right hand, dealing out the dumbassery for all the world to see.