As IJR Red previously reported, Tlaib faced backlash after she made several misleading — or downright false — claims about the Palestinian response to the Holocaust.
Tlaib — who is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress — claimed that thinking of the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” because Palestinians created a “safe haven” for Jews following the horrific events in Europe.
She was called out by many who noted that Palestinians regularly attack Israel and sided with Adolf Hitler during the genocide. Many top Republicans — including President Trump — condemned Tlaib for her “lies” and “insensitive” comments.
Take a look:
Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, “There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.” And her “history” of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. https://t.co/5akpUSApIE
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. 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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Here we go again: another anti-Semitic remark from another member of the Democrat Party. Rep. Tlaib's hateful rhetoric has no place in the public discourse. When will Speaker Pelosi take a stand? https://t.co/tfS8iCQ16P
— Kevin McCarthy (@kevinomccarthy) May 13, 2019
While many Republicans called on Democratic leadership to address the comments made by Tlaib, Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) instead demanded an apology from Republicans for trying to “misrepresent” the congresswoman’s comments.
Check it out:
Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous. President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 13, 2019
If you read Rep. @RashidaTlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context. They must stop, and they owe her an apology.
— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) May 13, 2019
While Hoyer and Pelosi clearly think that Tlaib’s comments were misrepresented and taken out of context, they failed to explain what they think she really meant.
Tlaib’s full statement was:
“There’s, you know, there’s 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.”
Listen to Tlaib’s full interview:
Many agreed with President Trump that claiming the Holocaust can have a “calming feeling” is “insensitive.” And even CNN host John King broke down the historical inaccuracies perpetuated by Tlaib, noting that the Palestinians did not support a “safe haven” for Jews following the Holocaust.
Those who agreed with the Republican leadership on Tlaib’s comments took to Twitter to call out Pelosi for apology demands.
Read some reactions below:
Nothing was misrepresented nor was she smeared. Stop trying to silence legitimate criticism of the insane remarks your socialist members continually make. https://t.co/bqnNhzjJ2i
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 14, 2019
No, @SpeakerPelosi, you should stop defending anti-Semitism.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) May 14, 2019
Translation: "Stop directly quoting our anti-Semites, it's making us look bad!" https://t.co/zgI8aH0xo7
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) May 14, 2019
How does it feel to know that the rest of your time in Congress will be spent running interference for Jew-haters? Should passed that resolution when you had the chance, Nancy. https://t.co/xCEVq42u8B
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) May 13, 2019
Clearly, the issue of anti-Semitism is going to be a continued controversy in Congress when both sides can’t come to an agreement on the historical atrocities of the Holocaust.