Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, she became afraid of average Americans. The freshman Congresswoman made the comments in a video for the feminist website Makers, which touts women's "bold ideas" for change.
"I was probably in my second year in law school when 9/11 happened and I was - I was really terrified of what was going to happen to my husband, who was only a green card holder at the time," Tlaib said in the video.
"I immediately call my brothers and told them 'be very careful of who you hang out with,' telling my sisters, 'be really careful out there' and being really afraid of my fellow Americans."
According to the Congresswoman, the terrorist attacks that killed roughly 3,000 Americans lead her to public service.
"It really pushed me to me more involved," Tlaib explained.
"And I got really curious and really angry," she said with a smile. "And I think that combination got me in front of a number of issues in the city of Detroit."
Tlaib has made headlines since she was sworn into office in January. She's made numerous anti-Semitic remarks, promoted the anti-Israel Boycott-Divestment-Sanction (BDS) movement and associated with anti-Semitic individuals and organizations.
The Congresswoman also defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) when she said "some people did something," instead of calling those people terrorists.
"Taking it out of context, this is just pure racist act [sic] by many of those, hateful acts by those because she does speak truth when it talks about different issues that they disagree with. I'm really outraged because as a person that has gotten direct death threats myself, I know her life is put in more danger and I see her not just my sister and colleague, but I see her as a mother of three. The fact that people are irresponsibly taking those words out of context … is wrong and needs to be called out by many colleagues," Tlaib previously said.