President Donald Trump, who repeatedly defended the neo-Nazis who marched in the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rally as “fine people,” accused Rep. Rashida Tlaib of “hated” for the Jewish people.
Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat of Palestinian descent, discussed the events after the Holocaust on an episode of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast.
Tlaib said: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them. And so when I think about a one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn't we do it in a better way?"
Asked if support for a one-state solution would be reckless, Tlaib replied, "No, I'm coming from a place of love, for equality and justice, I truly am."
"I want a safe haven for Jews," she added. "Who doesn't want to be safe? I am humbled by the fact that it was my ancestors that had to suffer for that to happen, but I will not turn my back and allow others to hijack it and say that it's some extremist approach because they're coming from a place of... whatever it is... of division, inequality."
Trump, Republicans slam comments:
Trump, who previously spoke at a news conference after an anti-fascist protester was killed by a white nationalist at the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville to insist that there was “fine people” on “both sides,” accused Tlaib of anti-Semitism and claimed he could not get away with what she said.
“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” Trump tweeted. “She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement that “there is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance.”
“More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact,” he said.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said that she found Tlaib’s comments “sickening.”
“Representative Tlaib’s comments about the Holocaust are sickening,” Cheney said. “I call on Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer to finally take action against Representative Tlaib and other members of the Democratic caucus who are spreading vile anti-Semitism.”
Tlaib hits back at critics:
Tlaib hit back at critics for taking her words out of context to push their own agenda.
“Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work,” she tweeted. “I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.”
"The Congresswoman did not in any way praise the Holocaust, nor did she say the Holocaust itself brought a calming feeling to her," Tlaib spokesman Denzel McCampbell added in a statement. "In fact, she repeatedly called the Holocaust a tragedy and a horrific persecution of Jewish people."