In a tweet posted just before 7am this morning, Tlaib tweeted “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills.” Tlaib was replying to a tweet from IfNotNow, a Jewish activist group who posted the identities of the victims to honor them.
At the time of Tlaib’s tweet, it had already been known for nearly 24 hours that the attack wasn’t committed by white supremacists, but two individuals associated with the anti-Semitic “Black Hebrew Israelite” movement. That’s the same group that harassed the Covington Catholic kids, by the way.
Instead of simply admitting the error, or amending her condolences to reflect say that “antisemitism kills,” Tlaib simply decided to delete the tweet.
That begs the question – what if Tlaib did bother to research the identities and motivations of the shooters beforehand? Would she have simply ignored this story and not offered any condolences at all because it doesn’t fit her narrative? It sure seems that way.