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Rashida Tlaib to Become Congress' First Muslim Woman

Rashida Tlaib, Democratic primary winner of Michigan’s 13th District, is set to become the first Muslim woman elected into Congress come November. She will run unopposed and was to succeed Rep. John Conyers, Jr. from Michigan. He resigned due to sexual harassment accusations. Born to Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib also served as the first Muslim woman in Michigan’s State Legislature. In 2016, Tlaib was dragged out by security for confronting then presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign speech in Michigan. Tlaib has publicly promised to fight President Donald Trump’s misogyny and challenge American Islamophobia. Following her win, she tweeted, “growing up in Detroit taught me better than to stand by as people's rights are violated. My roots as a Palestinian American are strong and important. I believe every human being deserves to live with dignity.” Tlaib is a strong advocate for Black Lives Matter and believes that her win comes from the predominantly African American community in the 13th District. Tlaib joins Worldview to discuss her heritage, her political concerns, and the representation of Muslim women in American politics.

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