Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) is offering top Democratic leaders an apology in the wake of criticism of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (R-Mich.) Holocaust comments — but it’s not the apology House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked for.
Tlaib came under fire after she told Yahoo! News’ “Skullduggery” last week that she gets a “calming feeling” thinking about Palestinians “trying to create a safe haven for Jews” in Israel after the Holocaust — a comment that was smacked for some misleading claims.
Listen to her comments below (around 28:00):
Cheney, House Republican conference chair, was among those who condemned Tlaib’s remarks and questioned when Democratic leadership will do the same. Tlaib later responded to Cheney’s “attack” and “Republican lies,” as IJR Blue reported.
Surely now @SpeakerPelosi & @LeaderHoyer will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” https://t.co/opUUNEol2d
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 12, 2019
The criticism drew a response from Pelosi, who labeled the condemnation by GOP colleagues as “desperate attempts to smear” Tlaib and called for an apology from the president and Republicans, as IJR Red reported.
Additionally, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) demanded an apology: “[…] it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context. They must stop, and they owe her an apology.”
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
However, Cheney isn’t letting Tlaib be free from criticism, as she instead apologized for “so many anti-Semitic” House Democrats. The Republican representative told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that “anti-Semitism is rising within our body” and elected officials “have an obligation to stand up and to stop it.”
“I’m sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus,” Cheney said. “We went yesterday from a situation where the Democratic leadership in the House had sort of been enabling this anti-Semitism by their silence. Yesterday was different.”
“There is just no context in which it is okay to say that a calming feeling comes over you when you think about the Holocaust,” she said, calling Tlaib’s comments “sickening.”
Watch the video below:
“Your deep seeded [sic] hate and Islamophobia might be a tool to rally your base, but won’t get rid your colleagues,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted on Monday in response to Cheney’s prior criticism of Tlaib. “You just have to deal.”
As for Omar, she’s found herself in hot water several times as well since being elected to Congress.
“We’re seeing it with this freshman trio, these three freshman house members who keep expressing anti-Semitic, anti-Israel comments,” he told Fox News on Monday, labeling their controversial comments as “horrifying” and “anti-Semitic attacks.”