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Rashida Tlaib faces protestors during official swear-in ceremony at Michigan high school

Posted: 5:51 PM, Jan 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-12 18:16:19-05
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RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was officially sworn Saturday to represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District in River Rouge.

But not everyone was happy about it.

About 15 protestors sporting "Make America Great Again" hats and signs gathered outside River Rouge High School to voice their disapproval of Tlaib's recent actions.

“I don’t think she’s respectful. I think she needs to be recalled, and I don’t think she should be in office, she’s an embarrassment," said Londea Gatt.

The protest comes on the cusp of Congresswoman Tlaib calling President Donald Trump a derogatory term while pushing for his impeachment.

“Overall we are upset with her rhetoric, I know that some people call us hypocritical for that, but there is a certain respect you should have for the Commander-and-Chief," said Benjamin Hersh.

Congresswoman Tlaib spoke to the media after her swearing-in about the protest.

“These are not my residences of course he’s got people that are here and they come from a far you know my mere existence scares them.”

She is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, and her first order of business is addressing the government shutdown.

I think it’s really important for people to know that we don’t need the President of the United States to open up government," Tlaib said. "We just need the United States Senate to take on leadership, but the American people first, not the President, and actually get us back up and running and have a functional government.”