Congress' first Palestinian-American

Born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants, Ms Rashida Tlaib grew up poor and did not speak English when she started school.
Born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants, Ms Rashida Tlaib grew up poor and did not speak English when she started school.PHOTO: REUTERS

Hours after being sworn in as the first Palestinian-American in Congress, Ms Rashida Tlaib made more headlines when she swore - literally, with an expletive - to impeach President Donald Trump.

The comments were not at all out of character for the left-wing lawmaker, who was ejected in 2016 from a Trump campaign event in Detroit after heckling him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Congress' first Palestinian-American'. Print Edition | Subscribe