Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib booed former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a Bernie Sanders event Friday in Iowa. She addressed the incident hours later, saying in a statement she let her "disappointment" with Clinton's recent comments about Sanders "get the best" of her.
"I am so incredibly in love with the movement that our campaign of #NotMeUs has created," Tlaib wrote, referring to Sanders' campaign slogan. "This makes me protective over it and frustrated by attempts to dismiss the strength and diversity of our movement. However, I know what is at stake if we don't unify over one candidate to beat Trump and I intend to do everything possible to ensure that Trump does not win in 2020."
"In this instance, I allowed my disappointment with Secretary Clinton's latest comments about Senator Sanders and his supporters get the best of me. You all, my sisters-in-service on stage, and our movement deserve better," she wrote.
"I will continue to strive to come from a place of love and not react in the same way of those who are against what we are building in this country," she added.
Tlaib booed Clinton while on-stage with Dionna Langford, the Iowa co-chair of Sanders' 2020 campaign. Langford had brought up comments Clinton recently made. Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last month that " " Sanders, and that "he got nothing done" in Congress.
Upon mentioning Clinton's remarks, Langford was interrupted by boos from the crowd. She responded: "We're not gonna boo ... we're classy here." That was when Tlaib interjected: "No, no, I'll boo."
The Michigan congresswoman proceeded to boo. "You all know I can't be quiet," she said. "No, we're gonna boo. That's all right, the haters will shut up on Monday when we win."
Tlaib's choice sparked both backlash — and support — online.
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