“A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian.”

Rashida Talib clinched the Democratic nomination Wednesday for Michigan's upcoming Congressional race, which she is expected to win.


Her victory, which sets her on a clear path to becoming the first Muslim woman in Congress, has been covered fawningly by the left-leaning press. 

The New York Times described Talib's teary victory speech, given soon after the Associated Press called the race in her favor in the early morning, as "stirring"; NBC wrote that her nomination was "set to break barriers."

On CNN, her win was touted as a blow dealt to the Democratic establishment, in the footsteps of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated entrenched Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley in a New York primary last month.


Ocasio-Cortez had previously thrown her support behind Talib and her extremely progressive platform and shared a selfie of the two of them on the day of victory.

The flag: The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Talib has positioned herself as a moral opposition to President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy and his ethno-nationalist rhetoric.


“I’m going to push back against everything that’s so un-American that’s coming out of this administration,” she said in her Wednesday event. “I will fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled."


As Talib gave her speech, her mother wrapped the Palestinian flag around her. “A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian,” Talib said.


The gesture was seen by many of her followers as a meaningful embrace of her roots. Moreover, to the audience in the room -- mostly Arab-Americans -- it served as a statement of vindication against an administration that has repeatedly demonized and antagonized Muslim identity and culture.


But some of Talib's critics viewed it as a tasteless and unnecessary emphasis on her otherness. "Next time she should wrap herself up in the American flag," wrote one commenter on The Times' Facebook page.


In normal days, the whole act could probably be dismissed as a non-sequitur. But with identity politics eating up more and more of public discourse on both right and left, it, unfortunately, might be worth to wonder whether flaunting a foreign national flag (of any nation) at an American ​political rally does more good or harm.