"I pause and think of myself" is it because she is a black American and she is a Muslim? "And that's where I pause and say to myself," Is there a problem here? "And I just assume our presence there. The fact that now there is not just one, but now three Muslim Americans serving in Congress, Tlaib told CNN's Jake Tapper at "Union State".
Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat who has served in Congress since 2008, also identifies as a Muslim.
"That our mere presence will be able to Possibly breaking down any of these types of racist, you know, opinions, this kind of Islamophobia that I think is still very present on both sides of the time. And I think my colleagues don't see it as an attack. It just says that we only have a lot of work to do, she said.
"And I can say that I have been there long enough to see that there are any problems there ̵
Tlaib, who is also the first Palestinian-American congresswoman, said she and Omar "want to be heard, and we want to be seen beyond anything of labels that people like to put on us."
"And I think we will only be an easier target for people. And that's what worries me," she said.