Squad Member Pushed Bill to Cancel Rent — Pocketed As Much As $100K In Rental Income

Radical leftist “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) earned up to $100,000 in rental income during the COVID pandemic while simultaneously co-sponsoring legislation that would have implemented a nationwide cancellation of rent and home mortgage payments.

According to reporting from Fox News Digital, Tlaib’s 2021 annual financial disclosures showed a property in Detroit had racked up between $15,001 and $50,000 in rental income. Last August, the Michigan Democrat reported receiving rental income within the same range for the same property, meaning that she has now made between $30,000 and $100,000 from rent payments during the COVID pandemic.

Tlaib’s residential property itself is valued at $100,000 to $250,000, Detroit News reported last year.

Michigan Rising Action spoke out against Tlaib’s hypocritical actions after her first financial disclosure was filed last year, with the group’s executive director Eric Ventimiglia arguing that the Democrat congresswoman’s receipt of rental income is an “insult to every landlord who is unable to collect rent from tenants to make ends meet.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Tlaib defended her right to earn rental income for her property in Detroit.

“There is no contradiction between advocating for an eviction moratorium and rental relief and having a great relationship with a long-term tenant in a single rental home,” Tlaib spokeswoman Adrienne Salazar claimed.

“Rep. Tlaib is an unwavering advocate for tenants, has worked to get rental assistance out to landlords to keep people housed, and remains focused on advocating for residents during this pandemic,” she added.

In the early days of the COVID pandemic, Tlaib stood alongside her fellow radical leftist “Squad” members — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — and other members of the House to co-sponsor the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act. The legislation was designed to institute a nationwide cancellation of rent and home mortgage payments for the duration of the COVID pandemic.

Despite the Democrats’ best efforts, the legislation never made it past the Senate floor, as the chamber was under the control of a Republican majority.

The bill was reintroduced in March of 2021 by Tlaib and other Democrats to cancel rent for an entire year, but it once again failed.

Tlaib was not the only “Squad” member to display stunning hypocrisy surrounding the rent cancellation issue. According to reporting from Fox News last year, another one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), also collected between $5,000 to $15,000 in rental income from a property she owns in Boston during 2020.

When the legislation to cancel rent and home mortgage payments was first introduced, Pressley argued that no individual or family should be forced to choose between putting food on their table and keeping a roof over their head during the pandemic.