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Progressives at odds after Rashida Tlaib boos Hillary Clinton at Iowa event

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Far-left Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) sparked bedlam among progressives Friday night, after she passionately booed 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton while promoting current 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Iowa.

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At a Sanders event in Clive, Iowa, moderator Dionna Langford brought up Clinton's recent swipe that "nobody likes" Sanders.

Tlaib was sitting on the stage with fellow Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). All three are Sanders surrogates.

Langford began, "When someone by the name of Hillary Clinton said that nobody...," and was interrupted by the audience before finishing her sentence, leading the host to declare, "We're not gonna boo, we're not gonna boo, we're classy here."

"No, no, I'll boo: Booooooo!!!!" Tlaib interjected, drawing laughter from the crowd and her colleagues on stage. "You all know I can't be quiet," the congresswoman continued. "No, we're gonna boo. That's alright. The haters will shut up on Monday when we win," referring to the primary election in Iowa.

Video of Tlaib's outburst went viral and her name began trending on Twitter as Democratic voters argued over whether her punch-back at Clinton was disrespectful or justified.

Several who ridiculed Tlaib for her jab at Clinton argued that Clinton had defended Tlaib in the past when Clinton tweeted a response to President Donald Trump after he criticized a group of progressive freshman congresswomen on Twitter. A number of those who came to Clinton's defense labeled Tlaib as "trash."

Other liberals on social media hailed Tlaib for speaking out against Clinton's recent attacks on Sanders, which appeared unsolicited and carefully timed as a way to hurt Sanders — who was Clinton's chief rival in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Another facet of leftist online contributors (including constituents) hit out at Omar and Jayapal for appearing to relish in Tlaib's comments.

A fourth major viewpoint from progressives was that Tlaib's actions were unnecessary and divisive for her party on a day that House Democrats took a huge blow in their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, who holds strong Republican backing as the incumbent in the 2020 race for the White House.

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