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Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib made a huge “oopsie” earlier today on Twitter in attributing an attack by 2 black shooters on a Kosher deli to “white supremacy.”
The tragic shooting which happened in New Jersey on Tuesday resulted in 6 deaths, including 3 civilians, a police office, and the two assailants.
The gunmen belonged to the radical Black Hebrew Israelites – a cult group that believes black people are the real descendants of Israel.
A manifesto was discovered in the suspects’ car, and at least one of the suspects had also written anti-Semitic posts online.
It’s unclear whether or not Tlaib knew these details of the story when retweeting a post about one of the victims of the New Jersey shooting, 24-year old Jewish man Moshe Deutsch.
Regardless, her tweet commenting on the news as “heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” drew criticism for its glaring inaccuracy before Tlaib quickly deleted it.
Here's the now deleted tweet in question posted by Rashida Tlaib:
Watch what New Jersey's' Attorney-General had to say about the attack here:
Fox Newshas more to say about the New Jersey shooting, Tlaib's tweet, and the real motivations behind the attack:
"This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills," Tlaib said in the since-deleted message that linked to a tweet by progressive Jewish group IfNotNow that memorialized the victims of Tuesday's shooting at a kosher supermarket.
According to the New York Times, one of the suspects had a connection to the Black Hebrew Israelites, many of whom subscribe to an extreme set of anti-Semitic beliefs. Those followers view themselves as the true “chosen people” and believe that blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are the true descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel, said Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday that assailants David Anderson and Francine Graham had expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites, but added that investigators "have not definitively established any formal links to that organization or to any other group."
The Washington Examiner added:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib blasted white supremacy after the recent New Jersey shooting targeting Jews, which was perpetrated by Black Hebrew Israelites.
"This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills," the Michigan Democrat said Thursday in response to the shooting in a now-deleted tweet.
The Tuesday rampage resulted in six deaths after a massive gun battle with police that left an officer, three civilians, and the suspects dead. An investigation after the shooting found the suspects, 47-year-old David Anderson and 50-year-old Francine Grahm, intentionally targeted a kosher deli. An ensuing gunfight between police and the attackers lasted hours.
According to a law enforcement official, at least one of the suspects had written anti-Semitic posts online, and a manifesto was found in their car. The attackers were part of a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites, which has been labeled as a hate group.
The Black Hebrew Israelites are a cult that believes that black people are the true descendants of Jews and that none of the 12 tribes are white. Many in the religious group consider those a part of Orthodox Judaism to be fake Jews.