Senator Marco Rubio raked Democrats over the coals after their criticism of a bill for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The bill would have put economic pressure on Israel to the benefit of Palestinian political interests. After Dems slammed the bill, Rubio accused them of trying to cover up how extreme the thinking is of some new congressional members.
“The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill,” Rubio tweeted.
“A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS,” he explained. “A significant [number] of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.”
Some of the left’s VIP’s spoke out against Rubio’s bill, like Senator Bernie Sanders accusing Rubio of trying to diminish constitutional rights via the legislation.
“It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity,” claimed Sanders.
“Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don’t reopen the government,” he continued. “Let’s get our priorities right.”
Rubio took specific issue with this claim and rebuffed Sanders directly by tweeting, “This is a lie.”
“My bill doesn’t punish any political activity. It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel,” Rubio added. “So boycotting #Israel is a constitutional right, but boycotting those participating in #BDS isn’t?”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib also earned herself a tailored response after questioning the bill.
“They forgot what country they represent,” Tlaib claimed. “Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”
Rubio shot back about the “dual loyalty” of Tlaib’s remark.
“This “dual loyalty” canard is a typical anti-Semitic line#BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel,” he tweeted.
“And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected,” Rubio closed.
The bill stands a good chance of passing in the Senate with slight support from Democrats, but first it must succeed in the House of Representatives, where Dems hold the majority.