Fact Check

Was U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib Overheard Saying 'We Will Bring Jihad to America'?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Aug 22, 2019

DETROIT, MI - JULY 22: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks at the opening plenary session of the NAACP 110th National Convention at COBO Center on July 22, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The congresswoman, one of four freshmen members dubbed "the Squad," declared that "I'm not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president."  The Convention runs through July 24.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Claim:
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib was overheard saying, "We will bring Jihhaad [sic] to America."

In August 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is a Muslim, was overheard vowing to "bring Jihhaad [sic] to America."

Senate Page, Will D. Portcha, was doing his rounds yesterday morning when he passed by Tlaib’s office where she was in the midst of conversation on the telephone. He says she was in “an extremely excited state, ranting and raving” and that “she seemed to have an agenda.” Portcha pulled out his phone to record a portion of the diatribe:

“Americans don’t know anything good! Everything they have is garbage.

We are going to give to them what they deserve. Something reminiscent of the heavens! Something they’ll never forget! They won’t know what hit them!

The Jihhaad is like bringing Allah into your soul! That’s how great it is, am I right? Of course I am! You know!

We will bring Jihhaad to America, and when we do, this country will never be the same!”

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature:

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical.

Sources

Taters Gonna Tate.  "Rashida Tlaib Overheard: ‘We Will Bring Jihhaad to America.'"    21 August 2019.