Democrats protected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) as she confronted a flood of reaction from Republicans endeavoring to contort a remark she made about the Holocaust.
Last week Tlaib, who turned into the principal Palestinian-American lady in Congress in January, said amid a meeting she was “lowered” and got a “quieting feeling” while reviewing that her “predecessors gave a [safe haven] from numerous points of view” for Jews amid the Holocaust.
Here’s the full statement, made amid a meeting with Hurray News’ “Skullduggery” podcast in celebration of Holocaust Recognition Day:
There’s, you know, there’s a sort of a quieting feeling, I generally tell people, when I think about the Holocaust and the awfulness of the Holocaust, and the way that it was my progenitors — Palestinians — who lost their territory and some lost their lives, their business, their human respect, their reality, from various perspectives, had been cleared out … for the sake of attempting to make a place of refuge for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the disaster and the awful oppression of Jews over the world at that time.
… I cherish the way that it was my progenitors that given that [safe haven] from various perspectives. Be that as it may, they did it in a manner that removed their human nobility and it was constrained on them, thus when I consider one-state, I consider the way that for what reason wouldn’t we be able to do it in a superior manner? … For what reason wouldn’t we be able to all be free and safe together?
Republicans ― including President Donald Trump ― hooked onto her utilization of “a quieting feeling” in talking about the Holocaust, turning the expression for a chance to call the congresswoman hostile to Semitic. The smear battle smelled like the one Republicans hurled at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) ― the aftermath of which is ongoing.
Omar terminated legitimately at Trump, taking note of that he “applauded individuals at a neo-Nazi rally.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) approached Republicans to “stop your revolting assaults against Muslim ladies in Congress.”
Tlaib pushed back herself, blaming Republicans for contorting her words for a “supremacist and derisive agenda.”