‘In Detroit and around the nation, there needs to be real accountability, oversight and co-ownership when it comes to creating new jobs in our country…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Newly elected U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has a unique solution for Detroit’s struggling economy and failing auto giant General Motors: protest the annual Detroit auto show.
Every year, attendees from all over the world visit the North American International Auto Show, a staple event held in the once vibrant city of Detroit.
The show dates back to 1899, and still brings an estimated $500 million to the local economy.
But Tlaib led a group of 300 protestors to disrupt the event and accost guests at the show’s opening night Charity Preview on Friday.
According to The Michigan Daily, protestors shouted at attendees phrases such as, “Green Union Jobs Now” and, “Clean Air! Clean Jobs! Clean Energy!”
Those attending the Charity Preview, which raises money for area children’s organizations, get the first glimpse of newly unveiled car and truck designs from America’s “big three” automakers—Ford, Chrysler and GM.
The protestors, however, stood strategically in between arriving guests and the entrance to the Cobo Center, the event’s venue.
Tlaib, who represents the city’s west side, was one of two Muslim women sworn into the U.S. House on Jan. 3.
The same day she called for President Trump’s impeachment, saying “We’re gonna impeach the motherf—er.”
Tlaib is currently under fire for embracing an anti-Semitic Hezbollah activist, and is also one of two congresswomen with membership in the Democratic Socialists of America, the other being Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y.
During Friday’s protest, Tlaib attempted to explain to reporters that the Green New Deal is somehow both a solution to climate change and a jobs program.
“Know that even GM’s closures show you the importance of the Green New Deal—the fact that we need to start looking at creating jobs beyond the traditional jobs that we’ve seen throughout the years,” she said.
“In Detroit and around the nation, there needs to be real accountability, oversight and co-ownership when it comes to creating new jobs in our country. And the Green New Deal provides that structure to be able to have that,” she continued.
Although President Barack Obama dabbled early in his presidency with government ownership of the Detroit auto industry, Tlaib’s closest “co-ownership” model would have to be socialist Venezuela, which forcibly seized control of a General Motors plant in 2017 hoping to halt the country’s economic tailspin. (It didn’t work.)
In truth, however, the ill-conceived Green New Deal is so preposterous and inviable that even many of the established left-wing environmentalist organizations have quietly backed away from endorsing it.