HBO star Bill Maher fired back at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) after the Democrat from Michigan called for a boycott of his show.
Tlaib had suggested that action following Maher’s criticism of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Maher shredded BDS as a “bulls*** purity test” for the Democrat Party, “by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”
Tlaib responded, “Maybe folks should boycott his show.”
Maher took to social media and blasted Tlaib on Wednesday morning, noting that resorting to boycotts in order to silence dissenting opinions is weak.
“Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make go away,” he chastised.
Maher then noted that Tlaib would have to boycott a majority of her own party as well, since a vast number of Democrats oppose the anti-Semitic and bigoted movement.
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In a bipartisan effort last month, the House overwhelmingly rejected a resolution supporting BDS, opposing it by a vote of 398-17 (Maher incorrectly wrote “318”).
Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away. But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party? pic.twitter.com/0QrPQmwwiw
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 21, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lambasted the support for the BDS movement by her freshman colleagues at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference earlier this year.
“We must also be vigilant against bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS,” she told attendees.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) over the weekend blasted Tlaib for her “deeply disturbing” call to boycott Maher, adding their own disapproval of the BDS movement.
“We Jews know what boycotts can lead to,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said in a statement.
“We find it concerning that a member of the U.S. Congress would lobby for BDS and so easily suggest that Maher’s show should be boycotted simply because he expressed an opinion with which she disagrees,” he also said.
President Donald Trump also came out firing at the Democrat — and leveled her for a clear hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
“Rep. Tlaib wants to cut off aid to Israel,” Trump later explained. “This is the new face of the Democrat Party?”
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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