Rep. Ritchie Torres Condemns Mohamed Hadid's "Racist Rhetoric"

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Monday, April 22, 2024 at 11:32 AM CDT

Rep. Ritchie Torres Condemns Mohamed Hadid's "Racist Rhetoric"

In a recent CNN interview, Rep. Ritchie Torres, a Democrat from New York, took a firm stance against the comments directed at him by Mohamed Hadid, father of famous models Gigi and Bella Hadid. Torres, one of the first openly gay African American members of Congress, criticized his fellow Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, over the Israel-Gaza conflict. Following Torres’ support for Israel after a Hamas attack on October 7, Hadid sent him incendiary direct messages which included racist insults and derogatory remarks. These messages, reported by the New York Post and accompanied by an image from Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret, saw Hadid calling Torres a "slave to whites" and suggesting he could work as a bouncer at a gay bar in a KKK outfit.

Hadid, who identifies as a refugee for 76 years, also accused Torres of being an "unusual Black and colorful mouth for Israeli and AIPAC," insinuating financial incentives behind his support for Israel. The messages led to Hadid’s apology, but his subsequent remarks redirected the focus towards Palestinian freedom, which Torres criticized as insincere and labeled Hadid a "rabid racist."

Meanwhile, as tensions rose over foreign aid allocation, House Democrats waved Ukrainian flags in the chamber during a vote to approve a substantial aid package for Ukraine's defense, which passed 311 to 112. This act and the funding for Ukraine, which is part of a larger $95 billion foreign aid package that includes aid for Israel, drew criticism from several Republican lawmakers. Senator Rand Paul and Rep. Marc Molinaro pointed out the impropriety and breach of protocol, while other GOP figures like Rep. Anna Paulina Luna and Sen. Mike Lee expressed their concerns about prioritizing foreign interests over American needs.

The situation escalated with chants of "Ukraine" in the House and GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Andy Biggs and Rep. Dan Bishop, conveying their dismay at what they perceived as an "America Last" sentiment. The controversy was further highlighted when Nicole Shanahan, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s running mate, condemned the U.S. leadership for the financial support to Ukraine amidst domestic challenges.

As the nation's debt approaches $35 trillion, the foreign aid package and the display of Ukrainian flags have become a point of contention, reflecting broader debates about national priorities and international responsibilities.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, we see the blatant hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the left, with so-called "progressives" like Mohamed Hadid spewing vile, racist rhetoric at a distinguished member of Congress, Rep. Ritchie Torres, simply for standing with our ally Israel against terrorist aggression. This is the true face of the liberal elite, folks – they claim to champion minority rights, yet they throw their own under the bus when they dare to think independently and refuse to toe the radical line. And as if that's not enough, these same Democrats have the audacity to parade around waving Ukrainian flags, prioritizing foreign aid over the well-being of hard-working American citizens. It's clear they'd rather see your tax dollars sent overseas than address the real issues here at home, as our national debt skyrockets. It's an "America Last" agenda, plain and simple. When will they learn that charity begins at home, and our country must come first?

Liberal Bias:

In a stunning display of the GOP's callous disregard for human rights and international solidarity, Republican lawmakers have the nerve to criticize the necessary aid to Ukraine, a nation fighting for its very survival against authoritarian aggression. It's a shameful moment when the so-called "party of freedom" turns its back on democracy in peril. And let's talk about the elephant in the room, the disgraceful attack by Mohamed Hadid on Rep. Ritchie Torres, which is a direct result of the toxic environment fostered by right-wing demagogues who have normalized such hateful discourse. Instead of addressing the root causes of racism and xenophobia within their ranks, conservatives are quick to point fingers and distract from the systemic issues that their policies perpetuate. They're more interested in their xenophobic "America First" mantra than in upholding the values of liberty and justice on the global stage. It's high time they realize that true patriotism means standing up for democratic principles, both at home and abroad.

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