Rashida Tlaib detained by police after joining Detroit airport protest

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a far-left member of the so-called “squad,” spent her Friday as any good progressive should.

After joining a group of protesters at a Detroit airport, Tlaib found herself “briefly detained” by police, according to initial reports.

Later reports clarified that Tlaib herself was not actually arrested but had joined the arrested protestors in a display of “solidarity.”

What happened?

According to the Washington Examiner, at the Detroit Metro Airport on Friday, the airport’s caterers were holding a protest for higher wages and better healthcare from Delta airlines. Tlaib, of course, decided to join in.

In pictures taken of the event, Tlaib and several other individuals can be seen sitting with their arms interlocked on the pavement in front of the airport, while another, larger group of protestors can be seen in the background holding up signs. Security personnel, meanwhile, are scattered about keeping things under control.

Suspiciously happy detainees

Subsequently, Tlaib took to social media, where she continued her support of the airline workers while shaming the airline.

“We won’t stop until we get #fairwages & #healthcare,” she wrote. “These courageous people got arrested tonight at DTW b/c they believe workers deserve human dignity. Shame on you @Delta for leaving workers behind and letting them live in poverty.”

Attached to this message was a selfie that Tlaib took, presumably, with some of the other protesters that got arrested. Suffice it to say that no one looked unhappy, which is a bit odd considering the circumstances.

For show?

Later on, Tlaib offered a separate statement to The Hill. 

“These workers are suffering and living under unimaginable conditions all because Delta wants to make more profits on the backs of the poor,” she said. “The airline catering workers are desperate for a better quality of life and put their bodies on the line in their fight against the exorbitant corporate greed by the airlines denying them of their right to a living wage and good healthcare.”

Of course, what is missing in all of this are the details: for example, what were the workers’ “unimaginable conditions?” It’s unclear if Tlaib could even answer this question.

This isn’t the first time Tlaib has found herself in this situation: in 2018, then-House candidate Tlaib was arrested while protesting in Detroit in support of a $15 minimum wage.

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