Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who is no stranger to controversy, was forced to backpedal Saturday morning after she booed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an Iowa rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Hours after Tlaib booed Clinton on the stage at a Sanders event in Clive, Iowa, she issued a statement about her actions.
"I am so incredibly in love with the movement that our campaign of #NotMeUs has created. This makes me protective over it and frustrated by attempts to dismiss the strength and diversity of our movement," she said in the first of four tweets.
"However, I know what is at stake if we don't unify over one candidate to beat Trump and I intend to do everything possible to ensure that Trump does not win in 2020," she added.
"In this instance, I allowed my disappointment with Secretary Clinton's latest comments about Senator Sanders and his supporters get the best of me. You all, my sisters-in-service on stage, and our movement deserve better," Tlaib said.
She closed by saying, "I will continue to strive to come from a place of love and not react in the same way of those who are against what we are building in this country. This is about building a just and equitable future for my two boys, children across the country, and future generations."
Clinton said in a recent documentary regarding Sanders: "He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."
Clinton defeated Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016. Sanders is running for president this year and is at or near the top in most polls.
Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, has come under fire for comments she made about Israel, law enforcement, and other issues.
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