Rep. Rashida Tlaib took to Twitter on Saturday night to share an article condemning former Mayor Pete Buttigieg for failing to provide his staffers with healthcare.
One major problem with the attack was that the NBC News article was written on MAY 9, 2019, more than 7 months ago when Buttigieg’s team had less than 50 staffers.
According to the report, Buttigieg’s campaign was giving staffers a $400 monthly stipend at the time, which allowed employees to buy insurance on their own on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Buttigieg’s press secretary told NBC in May that his campaign was in the middle of negotiating a multi-state group plan as the number of staffers reached 50 people — the benchmark for employers to offer health care.
In January, the Buttigieg campaign announced it had reached an agreement with the union representing some of its staffers. The agreement includes provisions for paid time off on a weekly basis and the continuation of benefits that include the campaign paying 100 percent of health, vision and dental insurance as well as a $100 monthly wellness stipend. The ratified deal also includes a $400 raise across the board for the staffers and a $65 monthly phone stipend as well as provisions to boost salaries if employees have to take over the duties of a higher-paid staffer for “an extended period of time.”
Tlaib, who is a top surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign, added a caption to the tweet which read, “I guess all that billionaire funding don’t go as far as it used to.” The tweet garnered over 4,000 retweets and 20,000 likes as of early Sunday morning.
I guess all that billionaire funding don't go as far as it used to.https://t.co/cQ4HM8SOzc
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 9, 2020
The tweet was immediately denounced by outraged Twitter users who called on the congresswoman to delete her tweet and apologize to the mayor for engaging in what appeared to be a deliberate misinformation campaign.
One Twitter user wrote, “Do the right thing. Delete. Apologize. Intentional #misinformation is ugly.”
Another wrote, “Not sure you should be in congress if you can’t read dates. This is from MAY 2019, when he had too few staffers to qualify for a group plan, so gave stipends until they qualified. They now have full (+dental, vision) coverage & are unionized. You’re literally spreading fake news!”
“Unfollowing you now that I know you are no better than the rest of the cult,” wrote another, who added, “This is false. And another reason I won’t vote for Bernie.”
Tlaib is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this month she tweeted an apology for booing Hillary Clinton during a Bernie Sanders campaign event in Iowa, after a clip of her encouraging the crowd to do so went viral.
At the event, Tlaib was responding to a clip from a documentary series of Clinton saying “nobody liked” Sanders in Congress, and she continued on to say “the haters will shut up on Monday when we win.”
On Twitter, Tlaib wrote, “I allowed my disappointment with Secretary Clinton’s latest comments about Senator Sanders and his supporters get the best of me.”