Representative Rashida Tlaib, one of the infamous “Squad” members, collected several thousands dollars in her capacity as a landlord while simultaneously supporting and co-sponsoring bills that would extend eviction moratoriums.
In a recently filed 2020 financial disclosure report, Tlaib was revealed to have taken in approximately $15,001 and $50,000 in rental payments from a Detroit property. In addition, Tlaib also received the same range of income on the same property in 2019.
According to Fox News, Tlaib’s Detroit property is estimated to be worth anywhere from $100,001 and $250,000.
However, in December, Tlaib proclaimed on Twitter that Americans must be protected from “bill collectors” and “landlords.”
Tlaib also claimed that “tons of agreement” always occurs in terms of “destroying families abroad” and “tools of war,” though limited enthusiasm exists for presumably protecting various American families against “bill collectors” and “landlords” during the middle of a pandemic.
Always tons of agreement for tools of war and destroying families abroad, but never this much enthusiasm for protecting American families at home from landlords and bill collectors in the midst of a pandemic. https://t.co/mknY1aMyxI
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 30, 2020
Tlaib also makes $174,000 annually as a Congressional representative, and she co-sponsored a bill with Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in April 2020, which was designed to “institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Moreover, Tlaib also threw her support behind the most recent version of the bill, which had been introduced in March 2021, which permits the suspension of the “obligations of residential renters and mortgagors to make payments during the COVID-19 emergency,” as well as “for other purposes.”
At a press conference in March, Tlaib insisted that “moratoriums are good,” though they will apparently end at some point. Thus, “without payment and debt cancelation we are kicking the crisis down the road,” according to Tlaib.
Ironically, Tlaib is not the only Democrat who has profited handsomely during the pandemic from receiving rental income. Representative Ayanna Pressley also made several thousand dollars from a rental property in Boston.
Similar to Tlaib, Pressley also spoke out against collecting rental payments, claiming that it is imperative to “cancel rent,” as well as “extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums.” Pressley also called for providing “rental assistance,” as well as “legal representation for those at risk of eviction” due to the “public health emergency” of COVID.
According to Pressley, the cancellation fo rent constitutes a literal “matter of life and death.”
Interestingly, in spite of her own profiteering from rental income, Pressley was also a co-sponsor to the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act.