President Donald Trump joined fellow Republicans in calling out freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for her “horrible and highly insensitive” comments regarding the Holocaust on a Yahoo! News podcast over the weekend.
Tlaib — who is Palestinian — made remarks on Yahoo! News’ “Skullduggery” podcast where she talked about the “calming feeling” she gets when she talks about the Holocaust as she believes that her “ancestors” created “a safe haven” for Jews.
“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.”
In response to the comments and the ensuing backlash from conservatives, as IJR Red reported. Trump also weighed in, torching Tlaib for her “horrible and highly insensitive statement” regarding the genocide that took the lives of over 6 million Jewish people.
“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” the president tweeted. “She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”
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
“Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?” Trump added.
Other top Republicans went after Tlaib for her comments, too, including the third-ranking House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who said on Twitter that “surely now” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) would “finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks.”
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 spokesman for Tlaib, Denzel McCampbell, released an official statement responding to the controversy, accusing Republicans of “spreading outright lies to incite hate.”
Statement on lies being spread regarding Congresswoman Tlaib's appearance on Yahoo's SkullDuggery Podcast. pic.twitter.com/fBASeibLwV
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) May 13, 2019