Michigan Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib on Thursday said she is not fully sold on the predictions of a “blue wave” during the upcoming midterm elections. 

“I always tell people waves come and go,” Tlaib, a progressive Democrat who is set to become the first Muslim-American woman in Congress, said on CNN’s “New Day.” 

“We need to own the ocean,” she continued. “What I mean by that is we need to be inspiring a whole new generation of people that just have not been engaged in our political system, in our government, and I think that’s what’s been has been really disconnected with Congress right now and the American people.” 


Tlaib said she does not know if the “blue wave” will pan out, referring to predictions that Democrats would win big in 2018 due to an electorate re-energized in part by opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE. 

“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen but I know in [Michigan’s] 13th Congressional District, the families I talk to, it was always around issues, not different identifiers, not about specific things that are happening right now in D.C.,” she said.

“[It was] more about what’s going on in their homes now, the challenges they’re facing now, feeling like they don’t have a seat at the table or feeling like they’re not being heard,” Tlaib continued.

Tlaib said New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star of the Democratic Party, agrees with her assessment.

“We do feel it even with the questions from so many people around us, there seems to be a disconnect between the American people and what’s happening in Congress,” Tlaib said.

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